New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Services

Joya-e / New Year’s Eve Service

The last service of 2023 was held on Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 7:00 pm.  This Joya-E service had more than 108 Temple members and friends gathering on New Year’s Eve.  This service expresses the gratitude for the countless blessings received throughout the year.

The service included sutra chanting, meditation, a Dharma messages from Rev. Mukojima, Minister’s Assistant John Arima and Rev. Devon Matsumoto.

After the service, everyone in attendance lined up and rang the kansho (bell) at least 108 times.  By striking the kansho, we symbolically “ring out” our passions and delusions and aspire to become free of them in the new year. 

But why 108 (6 x 3 x 2 x 3)?  The “6” represents our six senses of sight, touch, sound, taste, smell, and consciousness.  The “3” indicates the different ways those sensations are experienced: good, bad, or neutral.  The “2” is for the dimension of attachment to pleasure: attached or unattached.  The final “3” represents past, present, and future.

Multiply the numbers together and you get 108.

Toshikoshi-soba After Joya-e Service

After the service, Rev. and Mrs. Mukojima, Kurumi and Oji invited everyone to enjoy traditional Toshikoshi-soba (buckwheat noodles) in the Sangha Hall.

Shusho-e / New Year’s Day Service

 The first service of 2024 was held on Monday, January 1, 2024 at 10 am.  The new year is a new beginning.  The Shusho-E service to renew our resolutions to live with Nembutsu gratitude.  The service included sutra chanting, meditation and the firt Dharma Talks for 2024 by Rev. Mukojima, Minister’s Assistant John Arima and Rev. Devon Matsumoto.  After the service sake was served to adults and sparkling cider to children.