Pictures from 2012.
The Temple Board for 2012 was installed on Jan. 6, 2012.
Five members of VHBT Jr. YBA attended the Southern District Jr YBL Seminar 1 at the Arizona Buddhist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, on the weekend of Jan. 14-15, 2012.
Photos courtesy of Dale Noriyuki.
Installation of ABA Board
The 2012 Shinnen En Kai was held at the Venice Japanese Community Center on January 29, 2012. Catering provided by Cherrystones and Grateful Crane was part of the special entertainment.
Pictures of the 2012 Shinnen En Kai courtesy of Joe Belli
Installation of Fujinkai Board on February 7, 2012.
The Adult Buddhist Association held its annual Country-style Breakfast, featuring char-shu fried rice, sausage, eggs, and fruit.
In conjunction with the breakfast, the Sangha Teens held a bake sale and there was a Pre-Mothers Day sale of accessories from Cambodia by Women for Women.
On May 12, 2012, the Jr YBA participated in a clean-up of the Japanese American National War Memorial Court at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. Participating in the clean-up were Tyson Amano, Derek Amano, Dustin Noriyuki and Katie Rosengrant.
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VHBT holds its annual picnic with West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple on June 10, 2012, at Carlson Park in Culver City.
Members of the Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple and its affiliate organizations participate in the Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival) at the Venice Japanese Community Center on June 23 & 24, 2012
The annual VHBT obon festival took place on July 14 & 15, 2012.
For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Kelsey Ueda created an exercise program for seniors utilizing the Nintendo Wii system.
Milnes Kurashige, former temple president and now a temple komon (senior advisor) teaches hana fuda during the VHSOP game day.
Temple member Jeffrey Ignarro receives his certificate of completion for the Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course
The first Dharma School class of the 2012/2013 year kicked off with the traditional Sundae Sunday, as Dharma School students made their own ice cream sundaes after service.
The Dharma School Staff for the 2012-2013 school year was installed in a ceremony on Sept. 23, 2012.
Photos courtesy Ray Fukumoto.
The officers for the 2012-2013 Jr YBA were installed during Dharma School service on Sept. 30, 2012.
We celebrate Rev. John Iwohara's 10th anniversary as Resident Minister of the Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
The 42nd Federation of Buddhist Women's Association Conference was held on Oct. 12-14, 2012, at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, California.
The Dharma School held its annual Halloween party at the temple on Oct. 28, 2012.
Five membrs of the VHBT Jr. YBA took part in Spit & Polish 2, the cleaning of the National Japanese American Veterans Memorial Court at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. The cleaning was in preparation for a Veterans Day ceremnony next weekend. Participating along with the five members of Jr YBA were students from North High (Torrance) and players from the Tigers Youth Organization. After the clean-up, the participants were treated to pizza and heard from two WWII veterans.
The Fujinkai prepared soba for the 2012 New Years Eve service.