07. June 2019
Alooooha! I'm sorry I've been so lazy about updating my blog but I've just kept working and working till today and realized it's already Bon Dance tomorrow on Friday, June 7! On behalf of Koloa Jodo Mission, I'd like to express my sincerest Aloha and Mahalo to you! On Friday, June 7 at 7:00pm, we'll have a Shakuhachi master, Rev. Shikuu Yano of Aichi Prefrecture, Japan and four Koto players to perform some songs before the opening prayer. Then they will perform some songs with a surprise dance...
17. April 2019
Yesterday, I saw an unusual bird flying elegantly near the Poipu Beach Park. As I watched it carefully, I found out it was a Barn Owl which looked like human face. The reason why it was named as "Barn owl" is said to be because this owl could make a nest in the barn where people live near by. On the other hand, Japanese call it "Men-fukurou" which literally means "Mask Owl." "Men" or "O-Men" in Japanese means "Mask" and "Fukurou" means "Owl." I thought Japanese naming sounded better description...
02. February 2019
Kauai Buddhist Council General Meeting was recently held at Lihue Hongwanji Mission and 2019 Bon Dance Schedule on Kauai was updated and set. Those who have seen the outdated information, please be aware of this important change. West Kauai Hongwanji Mission Waimea Temple announced that they wouldn't host a Bon Dance this year and Waimea Higashi took their dates. As of February 2nd 2019, the following schedule is correct updated schedule. Kauai Buddhist Council 2019 Bon Dance Schedule May...
04. January 2019
Lately I happened to turn on the TV and saw familiar people. The program was already started but soon I recognized aunty Myra who looked so young. Without knowing the title, immediately I understood the value of the film and started recording on DVR. To my surprise, it was a 1982 documentary film on the late Mrs. Asao Fukumoto of Koloa who had 11 children and over 100 family members. Did you watch it? If not, you might thank me for having this opportunity to watch it here.....This film is so...
01. January 2019
2019 Jodo Mission Schedule on Kauai January January 1 Kapaa 10:30 am New Year’s Day Service January 6 Koloa 10:30 am New Year Service at Koloa January 13 Kapaa 10:00 am Gyoki Service 1:00 pm Bon Dance committee Mtg at Kauai Soto Zen Temple January 20 Koloa 10:30 am Calligraphy Class at Koloa January 21 Lihue 7:00 pm KBC General Meeting (Monday) January 26 Kapaa 6:30 pm Shinenkai – New Year’s Party January 27 Koloa 10:30 am Gyoki Service at Koloa February February 3 Kapaa 10:00 am Nirvana...
31. December 2018
In commemoration of 150th year of the first Japanese group immigrants to Hawaii, "Kabuki in Hawaii" will be held at the Kennedy Theatre at the University of Hawaii at Manoa from March 2 to March 6, 2019. March 2 from 6:30 pm March 3 from 2:00 pm & from 6:30 pm March 4 from 6:30 pm March 5 from 6:30 pm March 6 from 11:00 am Jodo-shu Foreign Ministry Association is supporting this historic event and offered 80 free tickets to the Jodo mission members who are paying dues to the any Jodo...
21. December 2018
“If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. “ - Dolly Parton State of Hawaii is sometimes called “Rainbow State” and rainbow can be seen quite often anywhere in Hawaii. Especially when it is now rainy season, rainbow appears almost everyday here and there. Interestingly, no matter how many times I’ve seen rainbow, it always impresses and makes me try to photograph the rainbow. I think many people feel the same way. Rainbow has a special power to attract people maybe...
07. December 2018
The guy who has used our temple ground as his toilet was finally caught. It took us two days to catch him but I have picked up his huge poops for at least 7 days!!! The reason why our temple gate was closed lately was because we tried to catch the guy. At first, I had no idea why so many poops were here on the ground. Every morning and evening, I saw big poops which were so stink. Then on Wednesday, unbelievably I saw the guy who was about to poop just in front of me! I almost forgot I was a...
15. November 2018
Whale season has come around here! Since I saw eyewitness news of humpback whales from Captain Andy's in early October, I’ve been looking forward to the opportunities to go out to the shore for photography. And finally came a chance! Yes, a group of whales were there at Makahuena Point. For me, winter is very exciting season to be able to watch whales but at the same time it’s very annoying season because I’m so crazy spending much time for whales out of my busy schedule. As you may know,...
13. November 2018
The 29th general conference of WFB was mainly held at the Marroad International Hotel Narita near Narita Airport. Although I’ve been to Narita Airport so many times, this was my very first time to stay in Narita. For me, Narita has been always a passing point to go abroad or to go home in Niigata since my first travel abroad in 1992. I never did sightseeing around the Airport and I never walked around Narita City. So this conference gave me a good opportunity to stop to see Narita. The hotel...

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