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.
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.
CASINO NIGHT & SILENT AUCTION - MARCH 5TH
We will be holding our 9th annual Casino Night & Silent Auction
Fundraiser this year on Saturday, March 5th, from 6:00pm to
11:00pm. You can support this event by purchasing tickets,
sponsoring a table, or donating items to the silent auction or
Shorinji Kempo South Bay Branch Master, Ted Uekuma is offering a self-defense class
starting on Sunday, April 3rd for 5 Sundays at Zenshuji. Please click on the flyer
at the right for more information.