Happy Holidays! It has been an amazing year filled with wonderful memories.
Let’s take a look at some of the events that transpired towards the close of 2013.
Nov 3 Yoshie Matsunaga & Mr. Hisatoshi visit members in Connecticut
Nov 6-13 Mr. Yoshihisa Nogami visit members in California & Illinois
Nov 8-10 Pacific Media Expo — “Decoding Japanese Culture” presented by ReACT
Nov 10 Family Day Festival — Chicago 2013
Nov 17 Reiyukai Founder’s 70th Memorial Service
Nov 3 Branch leaders from the Reiyukai 12th Branch in Japan and spiritual mentors of Mari Lewis came to visit Connecticut and enjoyed a special meeting with the local Reiyukai members. Mr. Hisatoshi & Mrs. Yoshie Matsu naga and members all shared their personal experiences gaining insight that nothing in this universe happens by chance and that members are encouraged to seek spiritual guidance when searching for the appropriate actions to take.
Nov 6-13 Mr. Yoshihisa Nogami, Branch Leader from the 8th Branch in Japan, came to California & Illinois to invite members as well as other guests to find out more about Reiyukai core principles — the idea of self-development through the action of remembering, thanking, and honoring your own ancestors. Through his life experiences and realization for the solution, members where once again reminded that staying true to your individual practice will lead you in the direction that benefits everyone.
The Oriental Fusion Handcraft℠ — Recycling Workshop thanks you for making a Thanksgiving Turkey Napkin Centerpiece with them!
Nov 8-10 ReACT representatives attended the Pacific Media Expo at the LAX Hilton Hotel to presented a 2 hour panel discussion entitled “Decoding Japanese Culture”. This entertaining panel utilized a movie clip from “Mr. Baseball” (1993), which demonstrated an American baseball player making cultural mistakes in Japan, in order to dispel common American stereotypes of Japanese culture and to enlighten others about the needs all humans naturally feel and how culture develops around our inspired ideals. Guests were able to share their reflections upon topics and find answers to their questions through the viewpoint of Reiyukai’s ideals of caring and compassion which also surrounds the idea of Japanese compassionate hospitality known as Omoiyari.
Nov 10 Family Day Festival — Chicago 2013 Celebrating all things family, local young Reiyukai members came together and organized it into a warm memorable experience. The event opened with a variety of presentations which included a report from the winner for the Letter to My Parents Contest in Chicago 2013, Andrea Godinez. Lizelle Marcial also highlighted the event giving a deep reflection about her family and ancestors mentioning that she was finally able to define the word “family” using her own words. Afterwards to close the night, guests enjoyed breathtaking musical performances, amazing dance performances, and warm family building games.
Nov 17 With Honor and Pledge, Reiyukai members living in the Los Angeles area gathered together to commemorate the efforts and achievements of Mr. Kakutaro Kubo — co-founder of Reiyukai, who passed away November 18, 1941. The group attending watched a DVD documentary of Kakutaro Kubo and learned about his passion to make the world a better place. Members confirmed about the Five Basic Practices that Reiyukai encourages everyone to have in their lives.
- Let us recite the Sutra
- Let us gather the names of our ancestors as much as we can and offer them posthumous names to each of them.
- Let us actively invite people to join to the cause of Reiyukai, cultivate a positive relationship with our members, and obtain a delightful personal experience.
- Let us participate in the gatherings.
- Let us involve ourselves in activities that would contribute to the society.
Congratulations to Maria Andrea Jurado for winning the first Letter to My Parents Contest in Hawai’i 2013!
We would also like to acknowledge the rest of the finalists:
John Paul Banasihan, Mercedez Cunanan, Kathryn Esteban, Angelica Marie A. Fernandez, Fely Marie Princess Magaoay, Laetitia Marie Nazareno Mahoney, Dwayne Manzanillo, Desiree Joi Mateo and Eliaquim Reyes
The following four, unfortunately, did not make it to the finals but their letters are worth to be recognized as Honorary Semifinalists.
Marjury Cabanlit, Stephen Cu, Juanito Moises and Ashley Ryan Vidad
We would like to thank our judges for taking the important task to choose the winner! The judges for this year were, Agnes Reyes (FilCom BOD Member), Geronimo Malabed Jr. (KNDI 1270 AM Radio Owner), and Alvin Ishihara (Budget Color Litho, Inc. President).
Thank you very much to our corporate sponsors: Budget Color Litho, Inc. and Argosy University!
Lastly, a special thanks to Marie A. Ramos (FilCom Center) for organizing the entire event from behind the scene and Precious Arao who volunteered as the Photographer!
2nd Prize: Jose Guadalupe Ortega
3rd Prize: Melissa RodriguezFinalists: David Rogelio Campos, Berenice Diaz, Omar Hernandez,
Photo by Ty Roberson
For more photos visit the Letter to My Parents Contest Official Facebook page.