Feb 08 – Mrs. Kimi Kotani Memorial Service
Feb 14 – Hawaii’s Plantation Village
Feb 15 to 24 – Mr. Masaru Miyachi Visit
Feb 28 – Danza Floricanto Event
February is one of the most meaningful months of the year as the world-wide Reiyukai community commemorates the efforts and achievements of Co-Founder, Mrs. Kimi Kotani, who passed away on February 9, 1971.
This year’s commemoration was especially significant as Mirokusan—the young leaders training facility constructed in Japan under the leadership of Mrs. Kotani fifty years ago—completed its reconstruction and was re-inaugurated in January.
In California, members from Pasadena, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Orange County gathered at the Reiyukai America Pasadena Center on Sunday, February 8th, in honor of Mrs. Kotani.
Waipahu, HI －On February 14th, during the Chinese New Year’s Celebration at Hawaii’s Plantation Village, those who visited Reiyukai America’s booth had huge smiles on their faces while making a colorful star-shaped craft from recycled materials. Locals were interested in listening to the active Reiyukai member about Reiyukai America’s mission and its activities in the Hawai‘i area.
From the 15th to the 24th of February, members of the 8th Branch in California enjoyed the visit of Mr. Masaru Miyachi, Leader of the Miyachi Branch. He visited cities such as San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Diego—meeting with both people that Mr. Miyachi himself had invited to become members and newer members of the 8th Branch.
On February 28 Reiyukai Creative Recycling was asked to participate in this years Danza Floricantos 2nd Anneversity event ‘Carnival Estilo Floricanto’.
San Diego, CA — On January 11, members in San Diego launched a new activity within the area―Reiyukai Coffee Talk. After a powerful and harmonious recitation, participants shared their thoughts over a nice warm cup of coffee.
“Reciting the sutra and honoring our ancestors as a group was a peaceful and enjoyable experience. Equally enjoyable was getting to know the people in our group. I look forward to learning more about the practice of Reiyukai and spending time with our fun group,” commented Celia Lukomski after the gathering.
The next Reiyukai Coffee Talk will be held on March 22nd at 1 p.m.
December 06 – Holiday + Creative Recycling = Big Smike
December 06 – Danza Floricanto Event
December 07 – Honor and Appreciation
December 06 – Danza Floricanto Event: In the month of December, a REACT member from Los Angeles came up with a project to give back to the community in a way that is not only fun, but that it will also bring them joy of celebrating the holidays. REACT offered a free Reiyukai Creative Recycling workshop to the student dancers at the Danza Floricanto USA, a community-based dance company in East LA. With much surprise to the students, smiles of joy emerged. Parents were also present during the recycling workshop and were invited to join in on all the fun the kids were having. The kids and parents during the workshop were able to make a box out of milk cartons that could also serve as an ornament for the Christmas Tree.
December 06 – Holiday + Creative Recycling = Big Smike: December was a month of non-stop community event participation for the Reiyukai Creative Recycling (RCR) workshop representative in Honolulu! Every weekend, there was an event to celebrate the holiday where the RCR had attended having a booth to make holiday ornaments made out of recycling materials.
December 07 – Honor and Appreciation: Reiyukai America has been attending the Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration through an official invitation by the US Navy Region Hawai‘i. For the local members, it has been an annual tradition to donate a wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial to honor, respect and show appreciation for those who lost their lives during that battle.