Palo Alto Buddhist Temple Senior Organizations

Yuwakai members celebrate January, February, March and April birthdays
at the First Quarterly Luncheon on April 28, 2018


Yuwakai is an organization of the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple established in 1975 to support the senior members of the Temple where religious, social and cultural activities are planned. Quarterly luncheons are held recognizing members' birthdays and providing interesting speakers from the Bay Area or other types of entertainment. One of the highlights is the annual Bonenkai (end of year party) which includes a special luncheon and lively entertainment by talented performers. Each year, several field trips are planned, typically these are day trips to interesting sites in the Bay Area, but overnight trips are enjoyed occasionally. Any Palo Alto Buddhist Temple member is welcome to join. The Co-Chairs for 2018 are Cathy Osugi and Sherri Kawazoye.

The Co-Chairs for 2018
Cathy Osugi and Sherri Kawazoye

Calendar of Events for 2018

First Quarterly Luncheon - April 28
Second Quarterly Luncheon - June 16
Thunder Valley Casino Trip - May 21
Tanimura/Antle Farm Trip - August 27
Third Quarterly Luncheon - TBD
Bonenkai - December 8

First Quarterly Luncheon

John Osaki, Executive Director
Japanese Community Youth Center, San Francisco

Our First Quarterly luncheon was held on April 28, 2018. A wonderful buffet lunch with delicious salads and sandwiches were enjoyed by everyone. Following lunch, a screening of “Yonsei Eyes” was presented by Jon Osaki, the film’s producer and director. It was an interesting and thought provoking documentary of two fourth generation Japanese Americans who embark on a pilgrimage to the place where their grandparents were once imprisoned during World War II. In addition, a film adaptation of the book “My Dog Teny” was shown. The program concluded with a Q&A discussion with Jon.


In April 1988, Tomonikai held its first weekly session at the Temple, from 10 am to 2 pm.  These senior Temple members meet for religious, social and fun activities every Wednesday.  Every third Wednesday of the month, they enjoy a service in Japanese, followed by a purchased bento box lunch.  On all of the other Wednesdays, special lunches are prepared by the Helping Hands group.  They enjoy playing Mah Jong, Hana, doing puzzles, bingo, reading, chatting with each other and enjoying the many snacks that they bring to share.   Current active leaders are Etsuko Yano, Yoshio and Eunice Yanari, Emi Hamai and Pauline Ogasawara.

Helping Hands Crafts

Helping Hands

This group started making lunches for Tomonikai in October 1999.  Additionally, the crafts group makes scarves, hats, blankets, lovely greeting cards and decorate gift bags for a local charitable group.  They also make many items to sell at the PABT annual Artistry Faire.  Other Helping Hands activities include monthly bingo, line dancing to promote physical exercise and Hana and bridge to provide exercise for the mind.  Helping Hands provides an opportunity for friendship, working together, learning new skills, and having fun.  All Palo Alto Temple members are welcome to join.