10. October 2019
On October 9, 2019, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that Dr. Akira Yoshino and two other scientists, John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Their research that has “laid the foundation of a wireless, fossil fuel-free society” were highly evaluated. Dr. Yoshino created the first safe, production-visible lithium-ion battery which became used widely in cellular phones and notebook computers. I didn’t Dr. Yoshino at all until...
05. October 2019
Pitaya known as dragon fruit usually bloom its several flowers together at a time. Three flowers, six flowers and sometimes over 10 flowers bloom at a time. Instead of blooming individually one by one, they bloom as a group which gives us deeper impression. As you know, fruit flowers need pollination in order to be a fruit. Of course, pollination could be done naturally by the wind and rain but most pollination are done by so-called pollinating agents such as insects and birds. And it is...
05. October 2019
Happy 130th Anniversary to all the members and ministers of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii! In commemoration of this anniversary, Kauai Hongwanji Council will sponsor a seminar, titled "Manifestation of Peace, Various Perspectives" at West Kauai Hongwanji Hanapepe Temple on Sunday, October 6 from 1:00pm. Mahalo nui loa to Senseis(Rev. Hojo, Rev.Majima & Rev. Shaku Kaufumann) of Kauai Hongwanji Council for inviting me as a Panel Discussion Speaker. It will be my greatest pleasure to...
02. October 2019
In Japan, there are islands which are called “Oshima.” Here in Hawaii, “Oshima” island of Yamguchi Prefecture, so-called “Suo-Oshima” is the most popular island since many immigrants came from there. But there are actually 56 more islands are called “Oshima” , too, according to my research. It sounds so confusing therefore depending on the location of the island, “area name” is added to the island name “Oshima.” Among them, Amami-Oshima of Kagoshima Prefecture,...
24. September 2019
Kauai Buddhist Council General Meeting was held today at Lihue Hongwanji Mission and 2020 Kauai Bon Dance Schedule was approved as follows; June 12-13 Kapaa Hongwanji Mission June 19-20 Kauai Soto Zen Temple June 26-27 Koloa Jodo Mission July 3-4 No Bon Dance July 10-11 WKH Hanapepe Temple July 17-18 Lihue Hongwanji Mission July 24-25 Waimea Shingon Mission July 31-August 1 Kapaa Jodo Mission August 7-8 Waimea Higashi Hongwanji Mission To our members and friends, please start planning to come...
23. September 2019
A roman saying “A rolling stone gathers no moss” has been well-known over the past centuries. It was used and quoted in many countries and was also translated into Japanese. The meaning of this saying is very simple however depending on the countries, the meaning of this saying can be quite different. In Japan, for most Japanese, moss is a symbol of natural beauty especially found in the Japanese garden. The dark green of the moss in the garden gives us strong impression of the depth of the...
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...

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