BWA News for July

Salinas Buddhist Women’s Association Update for July newsletter: updated 6/24 @ 8pm

Our heartfelt condolences to Masaye Tanimura and Family on the passing of George Tanimura.  George was one of the pillars of our Buddhist Temple and our Japanese community. We also extend our sincerest condolences to the Iwamoto Families on the passing of Mary Iwamoto, pillar of the Temple and of Salinas BWA.  George Tanimura and Mary Iwamoto left some big shoes to fill for the rest of the Temple members. We remember their devoted dedication to keep the Buddhist Temple of Salinas thriving and growing. We need  to continue in their footsteps to be as dedicated and devoted to keep our Temple growing for the future generations.

We thank  Masaye Tanimura and family for the kind monetary donation to BWA in memory of George Tanimura.

Thank you to the many ladies and friends who went to Tashiro's May 27 to make flower bouquets for Yamato Cemetery for Memorial Day:  Mitsuko Gatanaga, Tomiko Kamimura, Lillian Kawahira, Evelyn Kuramura, Kazue Kuramura, Kumi Tashiro, Kiyoko Uchida, Atsuko Yamaguchi, Irene Yonemitsu, Kazuko Yonemitsu and Jimmy Tashiro.

We had another successful BWA Food Sale on Sunday, June 5. Thank you to all the chair people and members who worked so hard to make all the sushi and pastries, order all the vegetables for sale, marinate and barbeque the delicious teriyaki chicken.

We thank the wonderful barbeque crew and chair, Herb Wong for getting up in the middle of the night to cook the chicken: Mark Amiya, Mel Aoki, Larry Hirahara, John Hirasuna, Davis Onitsuka, Alan Takemura, Gary Tanimura, Larry Tokiwa, Don Yoshimura. Thank you to the chicken baggers: Gene Tsukamoto, Kenji Yonemitsu and Neil Miyazaki.  Thank you to Davis and Don for picking up the chicken from Star Market. A special thank you to Brandon Onitsuka who pureed all the ginger and garlic for the teriyaki sauce. Great job, Brandon! Thank you all for coming and helping us Friday evening to clean chicken and whatever else needed to be done. The BWA ladies work hard but cannot do the Food Sale without all the help from the men folk.

Thank you to all the BWA members and BTS members who donated pastries or made monetary donations:  June Aoki, Carol Cisneros, Hisako Dairokuno, Rieko Dairokuno, Chieko Eitoku, Minako Fujikawa, Fumie Gallup, Shinobu Gatanaga, Mitsuko Hagihara, Mitsuko Higashi, Lillian Kawahira, Yasuyo Kikuchi, Kahori Kuramura, Kazue Kuramura, Yoriko Kuramura,  Kayoko Kyutoku, Tomi Matsuno, Hideko Minami, Kazuko Miyanaga, Yukie Miyanaga, Linda Miyazaki, Fukiko Nishio, Tamiko Oishi, Fumiko Onitsuka, Frann Schwamm, Stephanie Tabata, Jan Tokiwa, Cynthia Tsukamoto, Kiyoko Uchida, Noriko Uchida, Atsuko Yamaguchi, Noriko Yamaguchi, Yomiko Yamaguchi, Helen Yamashita, Noriko and Mariko Yamashita, Bonnie Yokota, Fusako Yonemitsu, Irene Yonemitsu and the Anonymous baker who made the cake.

On June 12 we held our BWA Lady Kujo Memorial Service.  Rev. Zuikei Taniguchi was our guest speaker and gave a very nice Dharma talk. After service, we went to Cathay House for lunch. Thank you the members who brought refreshments for the otoki: Minako Fujikawa, Mitsuko Higashi, Yoneko Inoue, Mieko Keating, Yoshiko Kuramura, Tamiko Oishi, Fumiko Onitsuka, Yomiko Yamaguchi/ Osonae from Fukiko Yamaguchi, Mark and Joni Yamaguchi. Flowers from Green Valley (Tomi Matsuno).

On October 7-9, 2016 the BCA FBWA Conference will be held in Seattle, WA (Bellvue). See the article in this newsletter. Members interested in attending can contact Irene Yonemitsu. Deadline to register is the end of August.

Remember:  Temple clean up -     June 26 at 8:00am

Lumpia making -        June 26  at 9:00am

Kuri Manju making - July 17 at 9:00am

Obon Schedule should be emailed or mailed out the first of July










大掃除                                    6月26日午前8時

ルンピア作り                         26日午前9時

栗饅頭作り                            7月17日午前9時




BWA News for June 2016

The BWA gratefully acknowledges the following donations: Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Minamide (Sheri Ikeda) for their generous donation of $100 in memory of her mother Joyce Ikeda and Grandmother Satsu Ikeda. Shido Family for their generous donation of $2500 in memory of father Atsushi Shido.

Since we were unable to get any volunteers to be the June BWA President, June Aoki kindly agreed to be the BWA President for the months of May and June.

On April 30, 2016, the Temple sponsored its first Ramen sale.  Thank you to Toban Groups 1 & 4 with Masako Hirai as chair.  The names of all the members who helped will be in the Ramen article.  The Ramen article in Japanese will be published in the July newsletter.

On May 15, the Temple picnic following the Gotan-e Service was enjoyed by everyone.  BWA Toban was Group 1 with Carol Cisneros as chair. About 100 members attended the steak lunch. Thank yous to: Herb Wong and crew for barbequing the steaks and wieners, Larry Tokiwa for the delicious chili beans, Davis Onitsuka picnic chair, Toban 1 members and to Dharma School teachers  and students for the fun filled bingo games and prizes.

June 5 will be our annual BWA Food Sale.  A work schedule is included so please everyone come out to help at the designated times and support this fund raiser.  Also we are asking members to donate pastry or monetary donation for the pastry sale.  We need the support of all our members.

On June 12 we will be sponsoring the BWA Lady Kujo Memorial Service.  The proceeds from this service go the youth of our temple (Dharma School and YBA).  Rev. Z. Taniguchi will be guest speaker and we will be having lunch with him after the service at Cathay House.  We hope many of you will attend this luncheon.

At the last BWA Board Meeting, it was decided to make a donation to Rev. Hanayama & Family on their departure to Japan.  We are waiting to determine the best way to do this.

This year’s Obon is quickly approaching.  We have scheduled June 26 at 9:00am for Lumpia making and July 17 at 9:00am for Kuri Manju making.  We hope everyone will come out to help with these preparations.

We have set a date of November 13, 2016 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the BWA.  Plans are in process and more information will be forthcoming.

For those who have not yet paid their $10 dues for this year, please send or give to June Aoki or send to the temple. 

Dates to Remember:

June 5th          BWA Food Sale

June 7th          Obon Committee Meeting

June 12th        BWA Lady Kujo Memorial Service

June 26th        Lumpia Making

July 10th          Obon Services

June 17th        Kuri Manju Making


感謝録 南出ジェフ・シェリ $100 志戸ファミリー $2500







お盆祭りのルンピア作り 6月26日(日)午前9時、栗饅頭作りは7月17日(日)午前9時より始めます。





BWA News May White Path

Salinas Buddhist Women’s Association Update

We would like to express our condolences to the Atsushi Shido Family on the loss of their father. His wife Ruri Shido was a very active member of the BWA before her passing.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Masaye Tanimura and her family on the loss of her husband George.  He was a very active member of our Temple for many years, handing down his expertise and wisdom to our younger members. He will be greatly missed by the community and our members.

We would like to thank the Ruth Ikeda family for their generous donation in memory of their mother. Also thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Tom Dairokuno for their generous donation of $200 for son Richard’s one year memorial.

We are still in need of a president for the month of June.  June Aoki has agreed to take the position for the month of May.  We would appreciate someone stepping up to take the presidency in June.

We need younger ones to start learning to lead the BWA.  Many of us are aging out and would like to mentor the younger members to carry on the legacy of the BWA.

At the April meeting it was voted to pay for the new video camera for the Temple.  We also decided to pay half of the cost of the new stove for the sensei’s house.  Mrs. Fujikawa is very pleased with the new stove.

Thank you to the following ladies who came out to decorate the Hanamido:  Masako Hirai, Kahori Kuramura, Tamiko Oishi, Kiyoko Uchida, Noriko Uchida, Henry Uchida and daughter Miya.  Rev. Fujikawa supervised.

Thank you to Misako Kamimura and Fumiko Yonemitsu and group 3 for being toban for the Hanamatsuri luncheon.  Everything went well and there was plenty of food.

On April 30, the Temple ramen sale was held.  Toban was group 4 with Masako Hirai as chair.  Other members including Temple members were asked to help with making onigiris, daifuku manju and California roll. 

May 15, 2016 will be the Temple Picnic following the Gotane service.  Group 1 will be toban with Bonnie Yokota as chair.

May 27, 2016 is scheduled for preparation of flowers for Yamato Cemetery.  Tamiko Oishi is in charge and will be asking for flowers and for help from members.

For those who have not yet paid their $10 dues for this year, please send or give to June Aoki or send to the temple. 

Dates to Remember:

May 15th         Gotane Service and Temple picnic

May 27th         Assembling flowers for Yamato Cemetery

May 30th         Memorial Day Services   10 a.m.  Garden of Memories     11 a.m. Yamato Cemetery

June 5th          BWA Food Sale




















6月 5日(日)婦人会フードセール


BWA News for April 2016

We hosted the 56th CDBWL Conference on Saturday, March 12. We wish to thank everyone who helped make this a success: from guest speakers to workshop leaders to all the BWA members and especially to the BTS men and members who helped with all the heavy lifting. We will have a full report with photos in the May White Path newsletter.

As you may have noticed, we were in need of a president to serve the second quarter (April, May, June).  Kahori Kuramura will continue to be President for April and June Aoki will serve as May President. There is still one more month that needs a President: the month of June. We need new people to start learning to be the leaders of Salinas BWA. Soon, many of us will age out as leaders and we would like to turn over the leadership to the next younger group.

The Temple is in need of a new video camera to replace the old one. BWA voted to help pay for the camera when Herb Wong finds the right one for BTS.

Please come and help with the Hanamido making on Saturday, April 9 at 10:00am. There is also an Affirmation service on Saturday from 3:00pm.  The temple Hanamatsuri service, Shotsuki and luncheon is on Sunday, April 10. Bishop Kodo Umezu will be the guest speaker.  Group 3 Toban will help with the luncheon. Fumiko Yonemitsu and Misako Kamimura have been asked to be chairs. It will be a  potluck luncheon (salads, rice), Temple will provide tri-tip and dessert. There will be hotdogs for the children.

The annual Asian Festival is scheduled for Sat. April 30.  On that day, we will hold our first Temple Ramen Sale. We hope to make this a yearly fund raiser for the Temple. Tickets have already been sent to Temple members. Tickets are $12.00 for Tonkatsu Chashu Ramen (with chashu, egg, moyashi, gr. onion, corn, bok choy, bamboo shoot, spinach and mushroom in a rich broth). Please try to sell all of your 8 tickets. We want to make this a successful Ramen Sale.  You can call Carol for more tickets.

We will also have Musubis,  California rolls and Daifuku manju for sale. Group 4 Toban with Masako Hirai will help with the Ramen sale. We will be asking for additional help for making California rolls and Daifuku manjus.


April 9    Hanamido making @ 10am

April 10  Hanamatsuri, Shotsuki, pot luck lunch

April  15  Deadline for Ramen Sale headcount to Carol

April 30   BTS Ramen Sale and Asian Festival









4月9日(土)午前10時 花御堂作り






Salinas BWA 2016 Board of Directors and Cabinet



President:  Jan - Mar Kahori Kuramura

President:  April - June vacant - need to be filled

President:  July - Sept Irene Yonemitsu

President:  Oct - Dec Bonnie Yokota                                                         

Treasurer June Aoki

Recording Secty – Eng Carol Cisneros

Recording Secty – Japn Kahori Kuramura

Corresponding Secty – Eng Yoshiko Shioya

Corresponding Secty – Japn Fumiko Yonemitsu

Auditors Cynthia Tsukamoto                                                

Religious Chair Kahori Kuramura                            

Historian Bonnie Yokota

SBWA Food Sale Chair Kiyoko Uchida/ Carol Cisneros/ June Aoki

SBWA Obon Chair Irene Yonemitsu will attend meetings

Board Members: Mitsuko Hagihara, Masako Hirai, Tomiko Kamimura, Lillian Kawahira, Kazue Kuramura, Yoriko Kuramura, Kayoko Kyutoku, Fukiko Nishio, Tamiko Oishi, Noriko Uchida, Kazuko Yonemitsu             

Advisors Rev.and Mrs. Fujikawa, Sachi Kawahira, Mieko Keating, Yoshiko Kuramura, Fumiko Onitsuka, Fumi Urabe

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