A kencha shiki (formal offertory of tea) was the highlight of the Omotesenke Domonkai Hawaii’s 60th anniversary celebration, which was held Feb. 20 and 21 in Honolulu. The kencha was offered by Yuyusai Soin Sen, wakasosho (young master) of Omotesenke and son of the current Grand Master, Sosa Sen. He was assisted in the ceremony by hanto Nobuyuki Mikimachi, vice chairman of the board of directors for Omotesenke Domonkai.
The kencha shiki ceremony, which was held Feb. 20 at the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Homage was paid to those who died in the war and to pray for world peace.
Among those in attendance were: Dr. Margaret Oda, president emerita of the Hawai‘i region; Dr. Nobuyuki Miki, president of the Hawai‘i region; Toshiaki J. Doi Esq., president of the Northern California region; Makoto Miyazaki, president of the Southern California region; Dr. Ryuji Ueno, president of the Eastern region; Consul General Toyoei Shigeeda and Mrs. Michiko Shigeeda; Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Joshua Morse, head of school for the Pacific Buddhist Academy.
On Saturday evening, a dinner banquet was held at the Halekulani Hotel to recognize the 60th anniversary of Omotesenke Domonkai Hawaii, as well as the 45th anniversaries of both the Northern and Southern California regions and the fifth anniversary of the Eastern region.