1ST STREET CONSTRUCTION from Oct 24th for 10 weeks
There is a street construction taking place at First Street between Alameda and Hewitt
for 10 weeks starting October 24th. The use of the section will be limited. Please
see the announcement HERE for more information.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
It’s that time of the year when we celebrate one holiday after another and before
we know it, we are saying where did the year go? We are now celebrating the year
of 2016 and the Chinese Zodiac Animal of the Monkey. New Year is the time when
families get together and renew family ties, we find Bachan spending hours preparing
the Osechi Ryori (Japanese traditional New Year Meal), wearing new clothes, cleaning
the house, and playing cards with the relatives.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to wish you and your families a
“Happy New Year – Akemashite Omedeto”! We would like to express our sincerest appreciation
for your devotion, dedication and hard work to keep Zenshuji as your place of worship.
The Board has worked hard to continue with the Buddhist traditions and provide you
with a place to worship, attend various monthly services and provide you with services
to honor your deceased ancestors. But without the members, families and friends,
we would not be able to continue with the activities you look forward to each month.
Without your support, we could not have a wonderful and successful year! We look
forward to your continued help and support.
May 2016 be inspirational, with good health, prosperous and with stronger families
ties. We will see you again each month at the monthly services.
Carolyn Abe Hashiba and Board Directors
GENERAL MEETING AND NEW YEAR’S PARTY
You are cordially invited to the General Meeting (3:00pm) and New Year’s Party (5:00pm)
Sunday, January 31, 2016. We will have elections for Board Members, financial reports
from the various organizations, reports of new activities, and question/answer period.
We look forward to seeing you. Please look out for New Year Party invitation and
Bento order form in the mail in early January.
YEAR OF THE MONKEY
Congratulations to those born in the Year of 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956,
1944, and 1932. You are born in the Chinese Lunar Calendar of 12 animal zodiac signs
and this year is the Year of the Monkey. The Monkey is the 9th animal in the cycle
after last year’s Sheep which is the 8th animal of the cycle. The Asian countries
will celebrate the Lunar New Year on February 8th, 2016. The Japanese have decided
to celebrate their New Year with the Western World on January 1st of the Calendar.
If you are a Monkey, your characteristic is as follows: smart, wily (out witty),
naughty, and vigilant. Does this fit the characteristics of the person you know
who was born in the Year of the Monkey? Don’t forget that the members born the Year
of the Monkey are invited to sign up for the Setsubun Service and participate in
the Mamemaki (bean throwing) portion of the service. Here is the Application
for the Monkey-Year Bean Thrower.
SETSUBUN SERVICE ON FEBRUARY 7TH
This service is to celebrate the changing of the Winter Season to the Spring Season.
In the homes, a ‘mame-maki’ or bean throwing ceremony is held to drive out the evil
spirits. The beans are thrown and meant to pierce the devil’s eyes.
At Zenshuji those born the year of the Chinese Zodiac Animal, which this year is
the Monkey, will throw the beans while yelling: “Fuku wa uchi; oni was soto” or
“Good Luck enter; devil depart”. If one eats these roasted beans equal in number
to one’s own age, good luck will follow. Here is the Application for the Monkey-Year
Darumas are sold at the Setsubun Service as a symbol of Good Luck. On the back side
a message is written such as Good Family Health, Successful Business, etc. and the
Darumas are blessed and taken home. Come early to purchase and have your Daruma
You are cordially invited to attend the Setsubun Service at Zenshuji on Sunday, February
7th at 1:30pm. We look forward to your attendance and taking home some of the bags
with mame(beans) that will be thrown at the service.