Salinas BWA News for August 2019

For the month of July, we have been busy with the preparation for our annual Obon Festival. The following are a summary of the BWA events.

June 13- Coast District Buddhist Women’s League meeting was held in Mountain View with Carol Cisneros and Kahori Kuramura attending. The meeting topic was the Coast District role in the upcoming World Buddhist’s Convention in San Francisco at the end of August. Our members will be involved as greeters at the Banquet and helping with table decoration expenses and set up. We have 23 BWA members, spouses, Temple members and Rev. Fujita attending. Members will be contacted about transportation and room sharing at a later time.

June 30- Temple cleanup and Lumpia making. Thank you to chairpersons: Mitsuko Hagihara, Misako Kamimura and Kazue Kuramura and committee for all the lumpia prep work. Thank you to all the BWA an BTS members who came and made the lumpias for Obon. 

At Temple clean up the ladies were busy making Lumpias and only a few ladies were in the Hondo vacuuming. This year two BWA members brought their Roomba vacuum cleaners and vacuumed the Hondo. Using the Roomba vacuum cleaner did most of the work on the carpet, but the pews had to be done by regular vacuum cleaner. We will try it again at the next Temple clean up using three Roombas. Also, on this day a few BWA member attended the Monterey Obon Festival and participated in the Obon dance.

July 5- Our Temple Onaijin returned and the BWA and June Aoki provided refreshments for the Temple members and Wakabayashi group who helped unpack and put the Onaijin together. Thank you to the members who helped with making tea and serving refreshments.

July 13- We had our monthly meeting at 10:00 we had a good turnout of board members. The BWA President for the next 3 months will be Tamiko Oishi.

July 14- Kuri manju making started at 7:30 and ended by 4:00. This year we did not have as much participants helping but were finished by noon and several ladies stayed to bake, cool and pack them in the freezer.  Thank you to chair Fukiko Nishio and her committee for prepping the kuri manju making and thank you to all the BWA and BTS members who came and helped. 

July 18- Several BWA members helped make the An-pan. Thank you to chair Kay Morishita and her committee members for making anpan for Obon.

August 4- Temple Fumigation preparation: we are asking help from BWA members and Temple members to help bag food in the gym before the fumigation of the gym August 5-8. After the fumigation we will also need help in cleaning the kitchen and putting food items away.

For security purpose BWA noticed that Temple and gym door bells and gym clocks were not working well. Thank you to Carol Cisneros for researching the appropriate items online and ordering four door bells and two clocks (gym and kitchen).  Thank you to Davis Onitsuka and Mark Amiya for putting in the doorbells and hanging up the clocks.

Next BWA meeting will be on August 17 at 10:00. Members please attend as we will be discussing Obon results, upcoming temple events and the World Buddhist Women’s Convention in San Francisco.

















Salinas BWA News for July 2019

On May 25 – Tamiko Oishi and Makiko Kurano chaired the bunching flowers for the Memorial Day service at Yamato Cemetery. Tamiko ordered that flowers and she and Makikocalled volunteers to help make bouquets. Thank you to: Carol Cisneros, Hisako Dairokuno, Lynne Gatanaga, Tomiko Kamimura, Lillian Kawahira, Evelyn Kuramura, Kazue Kuramura, Makiko Kurano, Kayoko Kyutoku, Tamiko Oishi, Kiyoko Uchida, Helen Yamashita, Noriko Yamaguchi, Atsuko Yamaguchi, Bonnie Yokota, Irene Yonemitsu, Ekiko Yonemitsu, Kazuko Yonemitsu. Thank you to YBA member Grant Gatanaga for help at the cemetery. Thank you to Tsugu Kuramura and Kenji Yonemitsu for transportation of flowers. Thank you to Green Valley, Matsuno, and Louie Families for flower donation.

We had a great Food Sale on June 2. We want to thank all the Board members, temple members and BWA members who came and helped us make this a successful sale.A special thank you to Herb Wong and his barbeque crew, to Mark Amiya who picked up thechicken at Star Market and stayed late on Sunday to help us clean up. Thank you to all the BWA chairs and committee members who spent many hours before the food sale to prep the sushiand teriyaki chicken.

Our annual Lady Kujo service was on Sunday June 9. Rev. Hoshu Matsubayashi was our guest speaker. On Saturday night, we took Mrs. Matsubayashi to dinner. Unfortunately, Rev. Matsubayashi was not feeling well and was unable to attend. Rev. Matsubayashi gave a wonderful Dharma talk and he and Mrs. Matsubayashi stayed and had the YBA curry lunch.

Thank you to our guest speaker, emcee Jan Tokiwa, accompanist Kahori Kuramura. Osonae was courtesy of Salinas BWA. We thank the Fumi Kuramura and Shinobu Gatanaga families for the onaijin flowers. The monetary donations will go towards the support of our Dharma School and our YBA (Young Buddhist’s Association). 

We would like to take this time to thank the ladies who sit at the uketsuke table before every major service and receive donation envelopes, hand out service programs. Thank you to June Aoki, Carol Cisneros, Machiko Miyanaga and Tamiko Oishi. Since this is not an elected position, anyone is welcomed to come and help and give these 4 a break every now and then.

We purchased new doorbells for the Hondo and Gym doors. The doors will be locked going forward for security reasons. Hopefully when you ring the bell, someone inside will be able to hear it and let you in.

At our June 15 meeting, some of us stayed to clean and disinfect the freezers for lumpia and kuri manju. Our next meeting is Saturday, July 13 at 10:00am at the Temple. Please come and give us your input and support for future BWA and BTS events. 

June 30 – Lumpia making from 9:00am

July 14 – Kuri manju making from 9:00am














Salinas BWA News for June 2019

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of Fumi Kuramura (Lillian Kawahira and Tsugu Kuramura) who passed away April 26. Fumi Kuramura was a dedicated member of BWA for decades and will be greatly missed by all of us.   

On April 27, we helped with the Asian Festival. Bonnie Yokota chaired the Artifact sales and made the work schedule for the sales. Kahori Kuramura chaired the making of the daifuku manju on Friday April 26. Thank you to all the following BWA and BTS members who helped with Artifact Sale (sorting and clean up) and Daifuku manju and selling on April 27: June Aoki, Carol Cisneros, Chieko Eitoku, Mitsuko Hagihara, Judy Ishizue, Lillian Kawahira, Kahori Kuramura, Machiko Miyanaga, Linda Miyazaki, Kay Morishita, Fukiko Nishio, Tamiko Oishi, Fran Schwamm, Melissa Trotter, Cynthia Tsukamoto, Kiyoko Uchida, Joni Yamaguchi, Helen Yamashita, Bonnie Yokota, Sachiko Yokota, Fumiko Yonemitsu, Irene Yonemitsu, Gene Tsukamoto (who took left over things to the Salvation Army) and to Rev. Yugo Fujita (who did some heavy lifting).            

On May 5, we helped at Temple picnic after Gotan-E service. Thank you to Group 4 chairs Noriko Yamaguchi and Yoriko Kuramura and Group 4 toban members and other members for helping with lunch. Need to cut back on amount of marinated purple onions (15-29 lbs. in 2020) and add sugar and lemon. Otherwise lunch was great, and everyone had fun playing Bingo. Thank you, Robert Gatanaga who was in kitchen washing everything so the ladies could enjoy playing Bingo. 

May 25 – 27 – Tamiko Oishi chaired the bunching flowers for the Memorial Day service at Yamato Cemetery. Will have list of members who helped in the next newsletter.

We had a great Food Sale on June 2. We will have a follow up article in next newsletter.

Please join us at our annual Lady Kujo service on Sunday June 9. Rev. Hoshu Matsubayashi will be our guest speaker. Please stay and support YBA at their Curry lunch following the service.

Our next BWA meeting will be Sat., June 15 @10:00am at the Temple. Please come and give us your input and support for future BWA and BTS events.

June 30 – Lumpia making from 9:00am

July 14 – Kuri manju making from 9:00am












Salinas BWA News for May 2019

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families (Mariko Yamashita, Setsuyo Yamashita, Mitsuko Hagihara) of Noriko Yamashita who passed away March 26. Noriko was a dedicated member of BWA for decades and will be greatly missed by all of us.

Thank you to Group 3 toban chair Lillian Kawahira and other Group 3 members for helping at the Hanamatsuri Luncheon on April 7. There was a lot of delicious salads and the toban group also made musubi. Thank you to Dharma School for cutting and serving Buddha’s birthday cake and ice cream.

We hosted the CDBWL meeting on Thursday April 11. Thank you to the following members who made delicious refreshments for the meeting. Chieko Eitoku, Kahori Kuramura, Yoshiko Kuramura, Fukiko Nishio, Helen Yamashita, Bonnie Yokota and Carol Cisneros. 

World Buddhist Women’s Conference is still accepting registrants until May 31.

Please note: only ATT carrier cell phones will work in the Marriott Marquis hotel in San Francisco. All others will have to step outside to make calls on their cell phones. 

On April 27, we helped with the Asian Festival. Bonnie Yokota chaired the Artifact sales and made the work schedule for the sales. Kahori Kuramura chaired the making of the daifuku manju on Friday April 26. Thank you to Bonnie Yokota, June Aoki, Carol Cisneros, Lillian Kawahira, Kahori Kuramura, Helen Yamashita, Cynthia Tsukamoto, Linda Miyazaki, Machiko Miyanaga who came earlier in the month to sort and price items for the Artifact sales. We will have a complete list of members who helped with the Artifact Sales and manju making in the next newsletter.

Our annual food sale is Sunday, June 2. Please check the work schedule in this newsletter for dates and times to come and help. We will need everyone’s help, BWA and BTS members to make our Food Sale successful. Deadline for tickets is May 5. Send in your money and unsold tickets to BTS, 14 Calif. St., 93901.

May 5 is the Gotan-e, shotsuki services and Temple picnic after the services. Group 4 toban will help with the picnic. Please come for the services and for the picnic.

May 25 – we will be bunching flowers for the Memorial Day service at Yamato Cemetery at 9:00am at the Temple. Tamiko Oishi will call members to come in to help make bouquets.

May 27:  Memorial Day services, 10:00 am at Garden of Memories and 11:00 am at Yamato Cemetery.

Our next BWA meeting will be Sat. May 18, 10:00am at the Temple. Please come and give us your input and support for future BWA and BTS events. 













Salinas BWA News for April 2019

Registration is still open for the World Buddhist Women’s Conference and deadline has been extended to May 31, 2019. Currently 16 BWA members, 6 temple members and Rev. Fujita are attending. At the conference, we will help Mountain View BWA with decorating for the Saturday banquet and will help Rev. Adams provide flowers for the services. 

The next CD BWL meeting will be in Salinas on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. We will be asking BWA members to provide refreshments for the meeting. 

The SWBA will be having an artifacts sale at the Asian Festival on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Please see the flyer in the newsletter for more information regarding donations. Bonnie Yokota is the chairperson. 

April 7, 2019 is our Hanamatsuri service and potluck luncheon. Group 3 Toban will help with the luncheon. We are asking all BWA and temple members to bring salads for the potluck luncheon. We will have a cake for dessert. 

The SBWA food sale is scheduled for Sunday, June 2, 2019. We plan to hand out tickets for the sale at our Hanamatsuri service. 

Our next SBWA meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the temple.