In honour of Shinran Shonin’s life and teachings Hoonko is a week long commemoration and one of the most important in the Jodo Shinshu calendar. In Toronto Rev. Yanko and Rev. Yoshimichi chose to observe Hoonko with an intimate gatha/wasan service preceded by a vegetarian pot luck dinner and followed by a delicious zenzai provided by Hamako Yoshida and Kathy Wani. Many thanks to all those who participated.
New Year’s Social
On Sunday January 15th following the Hoonko Service, which is a memorial service for Shinran Shonin, a pot luck luncheon was held in the Social Hall with many delicious contributions from our congregation. The afternoon’s festivities, MC’d by Roy Kusano, included an impromptu harmonica performance by Sid Ikeda followed by buyo and karaoke performances from temple members as well as bingo. This year the jackpot bingo of $100.00 was split between Crystal Anzai and Joanne Uyede. Congratulations to all our other bingo winners and those people who were fortunate to win a door prize.
Thank you to everyone for your generous donations, hard work and continued support and a special thank you to CCOV Team #4 for their assistance in holding this event;; the Dana for providing the cake and oranges and the Sangha for providing the jackpot bingo prize money.