Salinas BWA News for January 2017


One more acknowledgment regarding our BWA’s 90th anniversary celebration held on November 13, 2016.  SWBA would like to thank the Salinas Dharma School for giving each member cute magnet party favors and for making the huge sign congratulating the SBWA on their 90th year.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness very much.   Domo Arigato!!

On December 9, 2016, the temple held their annual Naiijin Omigaki cleaning.  We thank the following temple members for coming out to help clean the Naiijin: Melvin and June Aoki, Hisako Dairokuno, Mitsuko Hagihara, Lillian Kawahira, Kahori Kuramura, Machiko Miyanaga, Kay Morishita, Fukiko Nishio, Gene and Cynthia Tsukamoto, Kiyoko Uchida and Rev. Yugo Fujita.

On December 11, 2017 our temple held their annual temple clean up.  We thank the SBWA members who came out to clean our temple. Please see the Temple Clean up Article for names of SBWA members who came and helped.

On December 18, 2016, we held our annual Mochitsuki and we thank all Temple, YBA and BWA members who came out to make and package the mochi.  The Mochitsuki article will appear in the February newsletter.

The following SBWA members were elected to the 2017 SBWA Cabinet and Board:Thank you for giving your time to serve on the BWA Cabinet and Board.


Jan-March       Kahori Kuramura

Apr.-June        Bonnie Yokota

July-Sept.       Irene Yonemitsu

Oct.-Dec.        Tamiko Oishi

Treasurer                                 June Aoki

Rec. Secretary (English)          Carol Cisneros

Rec. Secretary (Japanese)       Kahori Kuramura

Corr. Secretary                        Yoshiko Shioya

Corr. Secretary                        Fumiko Yonemitsu

Religious Chair                        Cynthia Tsukamoto

Historian                                 Jan Tokiwa

Food Sale                                Kiyoko Uchida, June Aoki

Obon                                       Irene Yonemitsu

Board members: Mitsuko Hagihara, Masako Hirai, Misako Kamimura, Lillian Kawahira, Kazue Kuramura, Yoriko Kuramura, Kay Morishita, Fukiko Nishio, Noriko Uchida, Noriko Yamaguchi

The SWBA board will be installed at our New Year’s Party on January 15, 2017.

New Year’s Eve service will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Our New Year’s Day service will be held on January 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.







SALINAS BWA December, 2016 News

            On Nov. 6th, the Temple held their annual Udon luncheon.  Tobans Group 1 and Group 2 were in charge of the kitchen for the luncheon.  We thank Carol Cisneros and Kahori Kuramura for chairing this event and thank those Toban members for helping prepare the foods for the Udon feed.

         On Nov. 13th, the Temple held its annual BWA Memorial Service in memory of all the BWA members who are now in the Pureland.  This was a special service for our BWA members because it was the 90th Anniversary of the SBWA.  Rev. Hoshu Matsubayashi was our guest speaker for the service.  After the service, we held a special lunceon for our BWA members in the gym.  Our special guests at our luncheon were Rev. & Mrs. Hoshu Matsubayashi, Jimmy Eitoku, our Temple President and his son Kai and our resident minister, Rev. Yugo Fujita.  We had 50 BWA members and 12 guests attend the luncheon.  We all enjoyed the delicious obento boxes from Kubota Restaurant in San Jose.  We thank Linda Miyazaki and her husband Neil for picking up the boxes in San Jose. We thank June Aoki, Carol Cisneros, Lillian Kawahira,Kay Morishita, Cynthia Tsukamoto, Helen Yamashita, Bonnie Yokota and Irene Yonemitsu for making the baked goods and for coming to help Saturday to set up the luncheon.  We thank Mel Aoki, Machiko Miyanaga and Rev. Fujita for coming to help on Saturday.  We thank Tamiko Oishi and Kumi Tashiro for making the corsages and boutonnieres.  We thank Green Valley Greenhouse and Tashiro Nursery for the flower donations. We thank Kazue Kuramura, Yoriko Kuramura, Fukiko Nishio, Noriko Yamaguchi, Sachiko Yokota and Fumiko Yonemitsu for making and serving tea. We thank Tomiko Kamimura, Kahori Kuramura, Linda Miyazaki, Yoshiko Shioya, Atsuko Yamaguchi and Ekiko Yonemitsu for cutting and serving cake.  We thank Mari Shido and Yoriko Kuramura for the Onaijin osonae.

         We also thank Robert Gatanaga for the video slide show for our entertainment for the day.  Everyone enjoyed our special anniversary luncheon.

         On Dec. 11th, our temple will have our year end temple cleanup.  We would like to have as much help from our BWA members as we can to clean our temple.

         On Dec. 18th, the Temple will have our Mochitsuki.  Please turn in your orders by Sunday, Dec. 11th.  Please come out and support our annual Mochitsuki.  We would appreciate as much help as we can.

         Our New Year’ Eve service at the Temple will be held on Dec. 31st at 7:00 p.m.









Salinas BWA News for November 2016


November, 2016 Newsletter Article

On October 9, 2016, our new minister, Rev. Yugo Fujita, arrived in Salinas.  A few SBWA members met him when he arrived in Salinas and went to dinner with him.

Many members helped clean and prepare the parsonage for sensei. They purchased linens, bedding and kitchen items and food supplies.

Rev. Fujita attended his first SWBA board meeting on Wed. October 12, 2016.  We had a small potluck dinner with him and he enjoyed the meal very much.  Being a young bachelor, he enjoyed taking home the leftovers!  We are very happy to have our new minister attend our meetings and look forward to his support and advice on our  BWA services and activities. Welcome Sensei!

Bonnie Yokota, Irene Yonemitsu and Carol Cisneros represented Salinas BWA at the biannual BCAFBWA Conference in Bellevue, WA. The theme was "Linked in the Nembutsu: Tsunagatte". The keynote speakers were English:  Dr. Sharon Suh and Japanese: Rev. Mutsumi Wondra. It was a wonderful conference with diverse workshops that related to a wide range of interests and ages. The tour to the International area, Chihuly Glass Museum and Pike Market place was interesting and a lot of fun. The next BCAFBWA conference will be Oct. 12-13, 2018 in Fresno hosted by the Central California District. Their theme is: "Create an Endless Ripple".

On Oct. 16th, the temple had their Eitaikyo, Shotsuki service as well as the annual Keirokai for seniors and Welcome potluck luncheon for Rev. Fujita.  We thank both BWA Tobans Group 3 and Group 4 for making the Seki Han and Daifuku Manju for our seniors in our temple and for setting up and overseeing the luncheon.  Everyone enjoyed the wonderful foods brought by our temple members and enjoyed the short entertainment program.  

SBWA/ BTS made their annual donation to the Salinas Warming Center for women and children which opens up on Nov. 1, 2016. This money comes from the I-Help account.

On Nov. 6th we will have our annual Udon luncheon.  Tobans Group 1 and Group 2 are in charge of the luncheon. Carol Cisneros and Kahori Kuramura are chairs for this event. Most members have received their Udon tickets to sell.  Please report your sale of tickets to your District Chairperson by Oct. 28th!  Thank you. 

On Nov. 13th, we will have our BWA Memorial Service in memory of all the BWA members who are now in the Pureland.  Since this is our 90th year of Salinas BWA, we have planned a special luncheon for our BWA members.  You have received your special invitation and please RSVP to your Toban chairperson by Nov. 1.  We hope to see you Nov. 13 to celebrate our 90th anniversary. Rev. Hoshu Matsubayashi will be our guest speaker.

On Dec. 18, 2016 our temple will have their annual Mochitsuki.  More information is on the mochitsuki flyer is this month's newsletter.

Also, please note that the Year-end clean up of the temple will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18th.  We need as many of our members to help with the clean up on this day.











BWA News for October


October Newsletter Article

On Tuesday, August 30, Rev. Orai and Minako Fujikawa left Salinas to return to their home in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Many BWA and temple members went to say goodbye to sensei and okusan. We had a short service and  had tea together before they left.

We appreciate all the things that Sensei and Okusan have done for us and will miss them.

We wish them a happy retirement and many happy hours with their grandchildren and children.

Rev. Shousei Hanayama's memorial service was held in Watsonville on September 17.

Watsonville BT asked Salinas to help with the otoki by making 90 hoso maki sushi rolls. We thank the following members who not only made the rolls but donated all the supplies on behalf of the Temple: Chieko Eitoku, Fumie Gallup, Fukiko Nishio, Fumiko Onitsuka, Kumi Tashiro and Kiyoko Uchida.

Rev. Yugo Fujita will arrive in Salinas on October 9. Temple is in the midst of cleaning out the parsonage and garage. When they need help, they will call the Temple members to let them know the date and time to come and help.

On October 16, there will be an Eitaikyo, Shotsuki service as well as the annual Keirokai for seniors and a Welcome Rev. Fujita potluck lunch. It will be a very busy day so please join us to honor the Senior members and welcome our new resident minister, Rev. Fujita.

Toban for Oct. 16 is Group 3 and Group 4. Men's toban is Group 4.

Nov. 6 will be our annual Udon Lunch. Toban will be Group 1 and Group 2. Men's toban is Group 1. You should soon be receiving your Udon tickets to sell.

On Nov. 13, we will have our BWA Memorial service in memory of all the BWA members who are now in the Pureland. Since this is the 90th year of Salinas BWA we plan to have a special lunch for our members. You will be receiving an invitation with further information. Please mark your calendars, Nov. 13 and join us in the celebration of our 90th anniversary.









BWA News for August/September


September newsletter article

Thank you BWA ladies for all your help at Obon this year.  We thank all the chairs:

June Aoki, Carol Cisneros, Misako Kamimura, Tomiko Kamimura, Lillian Kawahira, Kahori Kuramura, Yoriko Kuramura, Kayoko Kyutoku, Tomi Matsuno, Kay Morishita, Fukiko Nishio, Tamiko Oishi, Fumiko Onitsuka, Kumi Tashiro, Kiyoko Uchida, Noriko Uchida, Noriko Yamaguchi, Bonnie Yokota, Fumiko Yonemitsu, Irene Yonemitsu, Kimi Yoshimura. If we have missed any names, please let us know so we can add it to our list.

Thank all the ladies who baked or bought desserts to sell and to those who gave monetary donations. Thank you for the donations of desserts and money: Ritsuko Amiya, June Aoki, Carol Cisneros, Hisako Dairokuno, John Hirasuna, Misako Kamimura, Sachi Kawahira,

Yasuyo Kikuchi, Kahori Kuramura, Scott Kuramura, Linda Miyazaki, Kay Morishita, Fukiko Nishio,

Tamiko Oishi, Fumiko Onitsuka, Mari Shido, June Tanimura, Sachi Tanimura, Jan Tokiwa, Cynthia Tsukamoto, Kiyoko Uchida, Noriko Uchida, Helen Yamashita, Mariko Yamashita, Noriko Yamashita, Bonnie Yokota, Fusako Yonemitsu, Irene Yonemitsu.  There were several anonymous donations of pastry and money. The names were not on our donors' lists. If you will notify Irene, we will list the names in next month's newsletter.

We would like to thank Toban 2 and chair June Aoki for helping with the luncheon at Sensei and Okusan's Goodbye Party on August 14.  We are extremely grateful and appreciative of all that Rev. Fujikawa and Mrs. Minako Fujikawa have done for Salinas BWA. We will dearly miss them when they return to Vancouver, BC.

The BCA FBWA conference will be held in Bellvue, Wa. from Oct. 7-9. Bonnie Yokota and Irene Yonemitsu will be Salinas BWA's delegates and Carol Cisneros will be the alternate delegate. If you will to attend, please notify Irene. Deadline to register is August 31.

We will need to clean the parsonage before Rev. Fujita arrives (possibly end of September). When the cleaning date is confirmed, we will be calling members to come and help clean the parsonage and the office.

Rev. Shousei Hanayama's Memorial service will be Sat. September 17 @ 1:00pm at Watsonville BT. Please make koden checks to:  "Rev. Hanayama Family".

Remember, Sept. 25 is the Temple Tri-tip Sale fundraiser. We will also need baked goods for the Pastry sale. Support our Temple, please try to sell all your tickets.


Irene Yonemitsu

Salinas BWA President







故花山勝清開教使の追悼法要は9月17日(土)午後1時よりワトソンビル仏教会で予定されています。お香典を考えておられる方は小切手を「Rev. Hanayama Family」あてでお書き下さい。


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