January Events Recap

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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 Events Recap

December 06 – Holiday + Creative Recycling = Big Smike
December 06 – Danza Floricanto Event
December 07 – Honor and Appreciation

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

November Events Recap

October 24 to November 04 – Mr. Tomokazu Obara Visiting America
November 02 – Family Day Festival in Chicago 2014
November 08 – Pacific Media Expo
November 16 – Carrying Over the Torch of Compassion
November 22 – Let’s Celebrate the ‘Ohana
November 23 – Letter to My Parents Contest in Hawai’i 2014

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October 24 to November 04 – Mr. Tomokazu Obara Visiting America – Reiyukai America members in Los Angeles, San Diego and Chicago had a pleasant time with the visit of branch leader, Mr. Tomokazu Obara. Check out the photos as they will talk for themselves without any further description.

 

Picture3November 02 – Family Day Festival in Chicago 2014 – There are many family events out there but not like Reiyukai America’s where the theme of the event is to think and feel the family! Members of REACT in Chicago organized a fabulous heartwarming event where many people joined the cause of Reiyukai!

 

Picture6 November 08 – Pacific Media Expo – REACT held a panel named “Decoding Japanese Culture—Roots of Identity” focusing on hidden clues of identities that can be found in Japanese pop culture such as the anime and comics.

 

Picture1November 16 – Carrying Over the Torch of Compassion – Young adult members in L.A area gathered to commemorate the efforts and achievements of Reiyukai’s Co-Founder, Mr. Kakutaro Kubo, who passed away on November 18, 1941.

 

Picture4November 22 – Let’s Celebrate the ‘Ohana – The last Family Day Festival of the year was held in Hawai‘i! Having branch leader Mr. Tomotsugu Masunaga from Japan as a guest speaker of the event, participants shared their precious memories about family and ancestors.

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November 23 – Letter to My Parents Contest in Hawai’i 2014 – The winners for this year’s contest were, 1st, Claudia Maria, receiving $1,000 scholarship by Reiyukai America. 2nd, Norman Macadangdang receiving $500 scholarship by Kalamansi Books and Things and 3rd, Faith Angelica Ulep Pascua receiving $250 scholarship by Filipino Association of University Women, one of the sponsors. The finalists were Chimako Natalie Anitok, Angelica Louise Badua, Rebecca Carino, Jessa Rae Pascua, Nefra-Itania, Seiulli-Umu, Jenivy Teruo, and Gerlie Ebreo Valdez.

October Events Recap

October 8-22 Mrs. Takechi Visiting San Diego
October 10 Fall 2014 ArtNight Pasadena
October 11 Choices Expo
October 18 Connecting to Our Roots
October 27 South Western College
YuGo Club – Pizza A GO GO / Cotsen Tournament

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October 8-22 Every year, it is a great joy for Reiyukai America members in San Diego to welcome Mrs. Toshiko Takechi, a branch leader from Japan. This year again, members organized various gatherings during her stay to share the life experiences that one has obtained through the practices of Reiyukai, as well as enriching their understanding that is incorporated in the teaching.

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October 10 – It has become Reiyukai America’s annual tradition to be part of the greatest celebration of art―ArtNight Pasadena.  This year has become a debut for Reiyukai Creative Recycling after changing its name from Oriental Fusion Handcraft―Recycling Workshop.The Reiyukai Creative Recycling offered a picture-frame making workshop at the Pasadena Public Library as this year’s theme was “Celebrating 130 years 1884-2014.” Every participant, from children to adult, has become an artist to create their very own picture frame that allows you to capture your moment of celebration.

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October 11 – Choices Expo is a free event that provides a variety of choices for new school for children, new outlook on health, more education, to go back to school, what is available from social services, to learn about places and opportunities in the surrounding areas.

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October 18 – Reiyukai America members from Connecticut and Mari Lewis’ Tai Chi students gathered at Sherwood Island State Park for an afternoon of Tai Chi and potluck picnic lunch. Under the warm Autumn sun, children enjoyed the sand and the water while the adults enjoyed the harmonious and graceful movements of tai chi. The Reiyukai practice and the Tai Chi exercise promote balance by developing awareness of our connection to our roots, the Reiyukai in a spiritual way, Tai Chi in a physical way. (Report by Mari Lewis)

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October 27 – On Monday, October 27, Reiyukai America was invited to be at the main campus of South Western College―a community college located in Chula Vista, CA, probably a college that is located in the most southern part of the nation.During a 50 minute class on a early Monday morning, a representative from Reiyukai America gave a brief lecture about how the philosophy of Buddhism was introduced to the Japanese society, how the teaching was adopted into the Japan’s custom and the significance of Reiyukai being a non-profit organization carrying out the ideas of Buddhism in the modern society. A big “Thank You” goes to Prof. James Westbrook for the invitation

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YuGo Club Pizza A GO GO/Cotsen Tournament – Celebrating the National Pizza Month, on October 22, Yu Go Club hosted a Pizza A GO GO. What is it? Simple. Eating pizza along with Go players while playing Go! Over twenty Go enthusiast fill out the Reiyukai America Pasadena Center!

Yu Go Club was at the Cotsen Tournament that was held in Korea Town Los Angeles. Excellent news! I am proud to report that the Yu Go Club made a strong showing at this year’s Cotsen tournament. Rintaro, Joe, Hendrik, Ross, and Luis all finished with a positive record of 3-2. James Lou and I both finished with a record of 4-1 and we both won our respective divisions! Not only that, in an incredible turn of events, the Yu Go Club won $200 and 3rd place in a high stakes games of Rochambeau!” (Report by Greg Kulevich)