Salinas BWA News for October 2017

Rev. Fujita's parents and sister came to visit him in early September. Since so many members wanted to meet them and take them to dinner, Temple had a potluck dinner on Sept. 5 to meet and greet them. His family was so grateful for members taking sensei under their wings and helping him adjust to his first ministerial position in the US. We are very appreciative to Sensei's mother and father for raising such a dedicated, thoughtful young man. Thank you to BWA members who helped with the preparations and for all the members who brought food to share at the potluck.

On Sept. 10, Sensei had an open house at the new Temple parsonage. Thank you to Carol Cisneros and Tamiko Oishi for helping sensei prepare for the open house. Many members came and brought refreshments to share. Everyone loved the new house and stayed to visit with other members. A special thank you to Alesia Uchida, Davis Onitsuka and Robert Gatanaga for spending countless hours buying furniture for the new parsonage, painting, refinishing floors, redoing the kitchen floor and range and many other things to make the house ready for Sensei to live in.

Temple Tri-tip fundraiser was on Sun. Sept. 24. Irene Yonemitsu was the bake sale chair, and Carol Cisneros did some of the purchasing for the event. We will have an additional report in the next newsletter.

Oct. 15 is the Eitaikyo and Shotsuki services and our annual Keirokai luncheon. Group tobans: Group 1 (chairs: Kahori Kuramura and Irene Yonemitsu), Group 2 (chairs: Kazue Kuramura and June Aoki).

This year, we will not have an Udon lunch in November. Dharma School/YBA will hold a pancake breakfast on Nov. 5.

Temple is hosting the CD Nembutsu Family Conference on Oct. 29. Toban 3 and Toban 4 will help prepare the continental breakfast and help with lunch and desserts. Please remember to attend the conference and send in your registration forms and fees before the deadline. Start is 9AM with registration.






仏教会のトライテイップバーべキュー・セールに米満アイリーンさんがベークセール、 シスネロス・キャロルさんが買い物の1部をお手伝いいたしました。仔細は来月お知らせいたします。ご協力ありがとうございました。








Salinas BWA News for September 2017


Our heartfelt condolences to Mary and Grace Kawahira for the loss of their mother  Sachi Kawahira.  Our long time BWA member, Sachi passed away in July.


Thank you BWA ladies for all your hard work for the Obon on July 30th.  Thank you for the monetary pastry donations from :  Cynthia Tsukamoto, Fumi Urabe, Noriko Uchida, Chieko Eitoku, Fumiko Onitsuka, Fukiko Nishio, Mariko Yamashita and Noriko Yamashita. Thank you for all the pastries made and bought from:  Kahori Kuramura, Helen Yamashita, June Aoki, Valerie Onitsuka, Misako Kamimura, June Tanimura, Sachi Tanimura, Fran Schwamm, Bonnie Yokota, Fusako Yonemitsu, Akiko Onitsuka, Kay Morishita, Claudia Hirasuna, Linda Miyazaki, Carol Cisneros, Nancy Uota, Mitsuko Higashi, Tamiko Oishi, Machiko Miyanaga and Irene Yonemitsu.

Thank you to all the chair people and members who worked all week long to make this Obon a success. We are lucky to have such dedicated members who come and work long hours for the Temple Obon. Thank you!


Rennyo Shonin Memorial Service – Tri Temple Service August 20th.  Thank you Toban 1 for all your help: Kahori Kuramura, Irene Yonemitsu,  Carol Cisneros, Tamiko Oishi, Helen Yamashita and Bonnie Yokota for their excellent work. We had an excellent guest speaker, Rev. Dr. Ken Tanaka from Japan and formerly of Mtn. View speak on Saturday and on Sunday morning. His talk has been taped so it will be accessible for the members.


Some of the BWA members have been busy cleaning and setting up the new parsonage. Thank you to: Masako Hirai, Fukiko Nishio, Fumiko Yonemitsu, Atsuko Yamaguchi, Mitsuko Hagihara, Setsuyo Yamashita, Noriko Yamaguchi and Kahori Kuramura for cleaning the house after repairs, painting etc. were completed. Thank you to June Aoki, Helen Yamashita, Cynthia Tsukamoto and Machiko Miyanaga for lining all the kitchen, bathroom shelves. Thank you to June Aoki and Carol Cisneros for shopping for all the sundry items for the house and organizing the kitchen, bathrooms etc. for Sensei. We are still finalizing buying other items for the house and washing and cleaning linens etc. that will be used.


The FBWA Delegates meeting in Fresno on Oct. 13-14, 2017 will be represented by Tamiko Oishi, Irene Yonemitsu and Rev. Yugo Fujita for Salinas BWA.








Salinas BWA News for August 2017

Our heartfelt condolences to Kazuko Miyanaga family for the loss of son Tony Miyanaga.

Our long time BWA member and past president, Shinobu Gatanaga, passed away in June. Our sincere condolences to Shinobu's children and families. 

On June 25th, many BWA and BTS members came to help with temple clean up and also to help with Lumpia making for Obon. Thank you to co-chairs Mitsuko Hagihara, Kazue Kuramura and Fumiko Yonemitsu for such an excellent job.

We also made kuri manju on July 15 and 16th. Again, we thank all the members for coming out and making the delicious kuri manju. Thank you Fukiko Nishio, Misako Kamimura and Yoriko Kuramura for all your hard work in chairing this 2-day event. 

On July 20, chairperson Kay Morishita and her working committee made the anpans for Obon. Thank you for your dedication to carry on the Sachi Tanimura's tradition of anpans for Obon.

A great big thank you to Don Yoshimura for replacing the circuit board for the 2 wall ovens. This year the ovens worked well and all the baking came out very nicely. 

BWA gave a $10,000.00 donation to the Temple to use for the renovation and updating of the Minister's new house. We will also be cleaning the new house before sensei moves in.

In August, we will be helping with the Tri Temple service and lunch.

Thank you to all the BWA members for their dedication and sacrifices to make this year's Obon a success. With each year, our Temple work force gets smaller so we really appreciate all of you who persevere and make the effort to come and help. Thank you! Arigato!













Salinas BWA News for July 2017

The SBWA supported the Memorial Day Services by arranging flower bouquets for Yamato Cemetery for the Memorial Day service on Monday, May 29, 2017.  We thank Tamiko Oishi and Makiko Kurano for chairing this project and the following BWA members for their help in making the flower arrangements and/or helped place the flower arrangements on the gravesites:  Hisako Dairokuno, Tomiko Kamimura, Lillian Kawahira, Evelyn Kuramura, Kahori Kuramura, Kazue Kuramura, Atsuko Yamaguchi, HelenYamashita, Bonnie Yokota, Irene Yonemitsu, Fusako Yonemitsu, Kazuko Yonemitsu, and Ekiko Yonemitsu.  We made 414 bouquets.  We thank the following for their help at the cemetery (cleaning vases, filling the vases with water and helping to place flowers in vases:  Yoneko Inoue, Jimmy Liberato, Kenny, Gregory and Shari Higashi, Cookie Hibino, Daryl Osaki and Mark Zarate.  We thank Kahei Kyutoku for his helping us in cleaning up after we finished arranging the flowers at the temple.

The annual BWA Food Sale was held on Sunday, June 4, 2017.  We thank all our BWA members for their hard work in making the sale a success.  We thank the following donors for donating fruits and vegetables for our vegetable sale:  Tanimura & Antle for vegetables, Glenn Noma for strawberries, Larry Hirahara for blueberries, Gary Omori for strawberries and Akiko Onitsuka for the daikon and Japanese cucumbers.    

We thank again, Curtis Louie for storing our teriyaki chicken on Friday night at your nursery.  We thank the following temple and BWA members for baking items or making a monetary donation for our bake sale:  Judy Ishizue, Kay Morishita, Chieko Eitoku, Fukiko Nishio, Masako Hirai, Sachi Tanimura, Loryn Tashima, Hideko Minami, Fran Schwamm, Judy Otsuka, Yoshiko Kuramura, Fusako Yonemitsu, Irene Yonemitsu, Lillian Kawahira, Fumiko Onitsuka, June Aoki, Noriko Uchida, Atsuko Yamaguchi, Helen Yamashita, Yoriko Kuramura, Kazue Kuramura, Noriko Yamaguchi, Ritsuko Amiya, Bonnie Yokota, Jan Tokiwa, Linda Miyazaki, Carol Cisneros, Tamiko Oishi, Kayoko Kyutoku, Kahori Kuramura, Mitsuko Higashi, Mariko Yamashita, Noriko Yamashita, Kiyoko Uchida, and Cynthia Tsukamoto. 

On Sunday, June 11, 2017 we had our Lady Takeko Kujo Memorial and June Shotsuki service.  Rev. George Matsubayashi was our guest speaker and we enjoyed his visit and Dharma message very much.  We thank Rev. Matsubayashi for participating in Mr. Morinaga Tashiro’s service in the afternoon. Thank you to Jan Tokiwa, chairperson and Kahori Kuramura, accompanist. 

Our next SBWA meeting will be on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.








Salinas BWA News for June 2017

The Asian Festival and Kendo Ramen Sale was held on April 29, 2017.   BWA spent countless hours sorting the many boxes of items for the Artifact Sale. On Friday and Saturday SBWA made 200+ daifuku manju and sorted and marked all the items for the Artifact Sale.   Kahori Kuramura chaired making of the manju and Carol Cisneros chaired the Artifact Sale. We thank these BWA members who made the manju, sold manju, sorted Artifact Sale items and/or manned the Artifact sales:   June Aoki, Carol Cisneros, Mitsuko Hagihara, Lillian Kawahira, Kahori Kuramura, Machiko Miyanaga, Fukiko Nishio, Tamiko Oishi, Fumiko Onitsuka, Jan Tokiwa, Melissa Trotter, Kiyoko Uchida, Noriko Uchida, Helen Yamashita, Setsuyo Yamashita, Bonnie Yokota, Fumiko Yonemitsu and Irene Yonemitsu. We thank all who donated the items for the sale. It was a very successful Artifact sales.

Our May Shotsuki Service and temple picnic was held on May 7th.  We thank Mitsuko Hagihara and Toban #4 members for their help at the picnic.  

On May 21, 2017, the Tri Temple Gotan-e service was held in Watsonville. Salinas made salads for the luncheon.  We thank the following BWA and Temple members for making the delicious salads: June Aoki, Carol Cisneros, Judy Ishizue, Yasuyo Kikuchi, Kahori Kuramura, Tamiko Oishi, Fumiko Onitsuka, Valerie Onitsuka, Laura Takemura, Cara Tsukamoto, Cynthia Tsukamoto, Helen Yamashita, Bonnie Yokota, Irene Yonemitsu. About 30+ Salinas Temple members attended and heard a wonderful Dharma talk from Rev. Yuki Sugahara (former Florin minister who will be the Oregon minister on June 1).

Our annual Food Sale will be on June 4, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   We encourage all temple and BWA members to come out on Friday night (June 2nd) at 7:00 p.m. to help clean and marinate chicken and prep sushi.  On Saturday, June 3th, all BWA members report at 8:00 a.m. for sushi prep.  On Sunday, June 4th, all BWA chairpersons report at 6:00 a.m. and all BWA members report at 7:00 a.m. We would appreciate any pastry donations for our Bake Sale on Sunday.  Please bring your baked goods to the temple by 8:00 a.m. that morning.  We will also have a vegetable and fruit sale.

The SWBA thanks Curtis and Janet Louie for providing refrigeration of the chicken at their greenhouse.

Our Lady Takeko Kujo Memorial and June Shotsuki service will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.  Rev. George Matsubayashi from Los Angeles Bestsuin is our guest speaker.

Our next SBWA board meeting will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the temple.