June Update (6/1)

Summer is upon us and the Obon season starts soon!  Arizona Buddhist Temple starts us off on Saturday, June 10th.  For many Southern Districters, their weekends will now be consumed with Chicken Teriyaki, Okinawa Dango, Bingo, and Odori through the summer.  Check out our Obon page for
a list of Obon Odori/Festivals in Southern District and for a list of 2017 Dances, as well as items for sale.


​Bon Odori Seminar on June 17th

The Southern District Dharma School Teachers League will be hosting The Japanese-American Bon Odori Tradition ​on Saturday, June 17th from 9AM to 4PM at the LA Hongwanji Betsuin.  The program includes a series of presentations and workshops on the unique Japanese-American tradition of Bon Odori in America as found in the temples of the Jodoshinshu Hongwanji-ha of the Buddhist Churches of America.  Presentations include: The history of Bon Odori in Japan and America, The meaning and purpose of Bon Odori, Bon Odori music, dance, taiko, dress and equipment.

​There is a registration fee of $30 that includes lunch.  You may sign up by returning the registration form below by June 10th.  You may also send questions through our website.

New Item- Images of Jodo Shinshu Uchiwa (fan)

​Dance in style with our new uchiwa.  Designed by our very own Rev. Watanabe of Oxnard, this bamboo (real) fan has a shadow silhouette of the Buddha on one side, and on the other, images of Shinran Shonin, Rennyo Shonin, Buddha, and Eshin-ni Sama.  Contact us to order ($10 plus tax and shipping).


New Item- Animal Kachi Kachi for Obon

Speaking of Obon Odori equipment, aren't these cute?  We have these available for Obon- Order your favorite animal (comes in a matched pair)- Ladybug, Pig, Panda, Tiger, Frog, and Bee.  These are $6/pair (plus shipping).  Contact us to order.


Please take a look at all of our items on sale on our webpage, and be sure to visit our store when you are in LA.  We have some information on our next sales in our News and Updates tab.

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Hongwanji Place is located at Senshin Buddhist Temple at 1311 W. 37th Street in Los Angeles.  Store hours are as follows:

                 Wednesday     10-3

                    Thursday       10-3

                    Friday           10-3
                    Saturday       10-3

                    Sunday         11:30-2

​You may also mail in your order for your favorite items.

SDDSTL Hongwanji Place- Welcome!!!