Steveston Buddhist Temple
4360 Garry Street Richmond, B.C. V7E 2V2
May 2004

Hattori-sensei and Sonoko-san
on your wonderful new lives together.

April 18, 2004

In Gassho,
Steveston Buddhist Temple


MAY 2004
02 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
10 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
16 (Sun) 10:30 a.m.
22 - 24 (Sat - Mon)
30 (Sun) 11:00 a.m.
31 (Mon) 7:00 p.m.
May Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
May Board Meeting
Gotan-e & Infant Presentation Ceremony
BCJSBCF Reteat (Manning Park)
Food Fair
Bon Odori Practice Begins

JUNE 2004
06 (Sun) 2:00 p.m
14 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
19 (Sat) 9 a.m. - 3 p.m
19 (Sat) 1:00 p.m.
20 (Sun) 9:00 a.m.
June Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
June Board Meeting
Garage Sale
Dharma School BBQ (after Garage Sale)
Temple Clean Up Day


Do you have a baby or know of a baby who was born in the last two or three years? If you do or if you know someone else who does, please ask them if they would like to attend our Infant Presentation (Hatsumairi) Ceremony at the Steveston Buddhist Temple on Sunday, May 16th at 10:30 a.m.

This is an opportunity for parents and child to come to temple for the first time together and pledge to live the Buddhist way of life.


Thank you very much for your felicitations on our wedding and many gifts to us. I hope you enjoyed the reception.

Sonoko and I really appreciate everything you have done for us. Thanks to you all, we could hold memorable ceremony and reception here at the temple last Sunday, April 18th.

Mr. Susumu Tanaka, Deputy Consul General of Japan, told us a story in his felicitation at the reception that a husband asked his wife “Will you marry me again in the next life?” and the wife answered “Yes. I was thinking of asking the same.” Mr. Tanaka shared it saying “What a beautiful couple they are!”

“The Teaching of Buddha” by Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai teaches us the following:

The relation of husband and wife was not designed merely for their convenience. It has a deeper significance than the mere association of two physical bodies in one house. Husband and wife should take advantage of the intimacies of their association to help each other in training their minds in the holy teaching.

An old couple, an “ideal couple” as they were called, once came to Buddha and said, “Lord, we were married after we had been acquainted in childhood and there has never been a cloud in our happiness. Please tell us if we can be remarried in the next life.”

The Buddha gave them this wise answer: “If you both have exactly the same faith, if you both received the teaching in exactly the same way, if you perform charity in the same way and if you have the same wisdom, then you will have the same mind in the next birth.”

We, Sonoko and I, will try to live happily together and will be able to say “We would like to get married in the next life, too!”

In Gassho, Rev. Nariyuki Hattori


Welcome, Sonokosan to the Steveston Buddhist Temple. Congratulations to Bud Sakamoto who will be receiving an award at Government House in Victoria.

Spring is here and let us enjoy the various services and activities of the temple. Please come and support as many as you can. Your presence always enhances the temple.

Every second Tuesdays, we have a weeding Toban. If you can spare sometime, please join us. Your contacts are Larry, Kiyo and myself. The more people we have the job will get done quicker. Would really appreciate your help. Help keep the temple beautiful.

In Gassho, Jack Kawabata


By the time you read this, members from Steveston Temple will have returned from the BCC annual General Meeting held this year in Winnipeg. There were five resolutions to be acted upon by the member temples.


The siding and exterior trim is completed along with the installation of a steel fence and gate. Saturday April 17th, members began painting the interior. The members hope to have the temple operational for this year’s Obon.


We had visitors from Lethbridge, Vancouver, Fraser Valley and as far away as Japan. Our wedding committee members and helpers worked long and hard to present a most enjoyable wedding reception.


Larry Ryan, Kiyo Domai, Bud Sakamoto and Jack Kawabata will be weeding the temple borders every second Tuesday, spring to fall. We will start about 7:30 p.m., everyone is welcome


Constitutional Committee

Bud Sakamoto - Chairman
Mitts Sakai
Kiyo Domai
Kuni Ikuta
Larry Ryan

Membership Committee

Mitts Sakai - Chairman
Jack Kawabata
Don Narukami
Wes Nishi
Doc Tomihiro
Kuni Ikuta
June Ikuta

Social Committee

Tak Miyazaki - Chairman
Don Narukami
Tom Yamamoto
Terry Sakai
Kiyoshi Tani
Ted Hirose

Bingo Committee

Larry Ryan - Chairman
Terry Sakai
Jack Kawabata
Wes Nishi
Doc Tomihiro
Tom Yamamoto
Yoshiharu Nishikihama


Larry Ryan - Chairman
Etsuko Ogawa
Joyce Ang
Misaye Hamaura
Genevieve Iwata


Mark Tasaka

In Gassho, Larry Ryan


April is the month of Hanamatsuri across Canada commemorating the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. It’s mid spring and a happy and merry occasion for everyone especially young ones who are given prizes for attending Dharma School as well as a festive dinner. I hope it is also the opportunity for each one of us to think of the meaning of birth into human life as well as the meaning of Shakyamuni’s birth.

Dalai Lama is visiting B.C. and Ontario in April 2004, which stimulates public interest in Buddha Dharma, especially at the time of what’s going on in the Middle East. Also nice to hear that Prime Minister of Canada decided to meet Dalai Lama during his visit.

Rev. Nariyuki Hattori, resident minister of Steveston Buddhist Temple, happily married with Sonoko Ishiyama on April 10th in Hiroshima, Japan. Their marriage and reception in Canada will be held on April 18th at Steveston Buddhist Temple. Omedetou Gozaimasu.

According to the report from Hongwanji, Rev. Koshin Ogui is a new BCA Bishop and Rev. Hakubun Watanabe Brasil Bishop as of April 1st, 2004.

BCC is still collecting Dharma Talks from ministers and articles from members for Centennial Memoir Booklet. Deadline will be the end of August, 2004.

Please note the date of BCC Leaders’ Seminar has been changed to Nov. 25-27 in Kyoto, Japan.

Coming Events:

May 22nd - 24th
May 26th - 27th
July 3rd - 4th
July 19th - August 3rd
September 24th - 26th
October 9th - 10th
November 5th - 7th

November 25th - 27th

BCJSBCF Family Retreat in Manning Park
World Jodo Shinshu Council in Richmond
Raymond Buddhist Church 75th Anniversary
Hongwanji Youth Tour (Kikuchi Sensei & Ulrich Sensei)
MA Seminar (location to be announced)
Vancouver Buddhist Church Centennial
Alberta Buddhist Convention
BC Buddhist Convention
BCC Temple Leaders’ Seminar in Hongwanji


The ladies of Toban 1 are nearing the end of a busy month filled with preparation for Hanamatsuri Service lunch, funeral refreshments, bento boxes for the Vancouver Nisei Curling Club and involvement with the happy task of holding the wedding reception for Rev. Hattori and Sonoko Ishiyama.

The reception was planned and prepared by Toban 1 (with assistance from few members of Toban 2) and by members of the “Floater Group. This new group found the experience both enjoyable (to chat and work together) and anxious (How is the taste? Will the food be ready in time?)

The work of Fujikawa Socho, Mitts Sakai, Bud Sakamoto and Ken Yoshihara was appreciated as they set up the stage and decorated the head table. Also a grateful thank you to our meat carvers: Yutaka Yamamoto, Mitts Sakai, Allan Sakamoto and Neil Jensen for their skill in cutting and serving the roasts.

In the manse kitchen warm maple fronts have been installed on the kitchen cabinets. A lazy susan has been placed in one of the lower corner cabinets. The new counter tops look like granite (actually it is arbourite). The new flooring is white and is a striking change from the previous avocado green lino. The new bathroom flooring is a variegated brown pattern. The cabinetry work was done by Davies Cabinets and the flooring was purchased and installed by Island Carpets.

Several ladies cleaned up the manse before Sensei and his new wife returned. Mrs. Fujikawa prepared a wonderful lunch for us. Thank you, Mrs. Fujikawa. You are an amazing cook!

A bridal shower for Sensei’s new bride is planned for Saturday, May 8th at 1:00 p.m. Your district Fujinkai representative will be contacting you re: attendance and monetary contribution toward group gifts. The name of your rep is listed in the AGM minutes distributed in February.

Asian Heritage Month (May). The Women’s Auxiliary has agreed to participate on May 6th by demonstrating origami (Mrs. Matsuno) and explaining the displays which will be set up by Mrs. Murao. Junko Hazama will be the translator.

Gotanye Service, May 16th. The ladies will have a well-deserved break from the kitchen as the men will prepare a pancake breakfast. Start time is 9 a.m. Please plan to attend and taste the results of these talented cooks…this may be a first for the otera!

In Gassho, Hiroko Yoshihara

  1. Coffinman : the journal of a Buddhist mortician is written by Shinmon Aoki. Originally published in Japanese, this has been translated beautifully into English. This was received as a complimentary copy from the Buddhist Education Center as a result of an inquiry into purchasing this title. Rev. Marvin Harada (Orange County Buddhist Church) writes “We feel that the book has the potential to introduce Shin Buddhism to the general public through the personal experiences of Shinmon Aoki”. This book can be ordered from the BCA Bookstore in San Francisco, through or Cost is $22.95.

  2. The power of now : a guide to spiritual enlightment is by Eckhart Tolle who lives now in Vancouver. The format of this book is in form of questions and answers so we can easily browse through its contents. Available at Coles and Chapters.

  3. Sutebusuton : a Japanese village on the British Columbia coast is by local author, Mitsuo Yesaki, is a well researched history of Steveston. Available at the Steveston Bookstore on Moncton Street. Cost is $25.00.

The last two titles have been purchased with Dharma School funds but can be borrowed by any Temple members.

Upcoming Garage Sale
Date: Saturday, June 19th, 2004
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost per table: $15.00 (Hint: Share a table with a friend to cut costs)

Any donations in good condition are accepted as the Temple will also have tables, if you do not want your own table. Please phone Itoko Akune (604-244-7710) or Hiroko Yoshihara (604 277-6521) to register for a table.


We have had a busy month. We have been helping for the Manning Park Retreat. We have been making pińatas for our Tex/Mex theme.

We had our Hanamatsuri service and our guest was Rev. Tatsuya Aoki. He has a wonderful sense of humour and is a very good speaker. He has also composed many gathas.

Rev. Hattori’s marriage ceremony and reception was very good. Thank you to all the students and parents that helped.

Our year-end barbecue will be on June 19th, after the garage sale.

We are not sure yet when we will be going to Seattle. The most likely dates are June 12th or 26th.

In Gassho, Genevieve Iwata



With Guest Speaker, Linda Ohama
Special Performance by Steveston Tera Taiko Group
SUNDAY, MAY 2nd, 2004


1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
TICKETS: $12 - Adults $10 - Seniors and Children

Please contact Doug Masuhara at 604-278-7264 for tickets.

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