Announcements

Here, you will find special announcements regarding activities, events or notifications of importance to JA Club members.

2018 Mochi Sale

posted Nov 7, 2018, 7:59 PM by JA Club Calendar   [ updated Nov 7, 2018, 8:01 PM ]

Concord Buddhist Sunday School (CBSS) will be offering freshly-made mochi for sale on Sunday, December 9, 2018. We make 3 types: komochi (regular), an mochi (sweet bean filled) and Okasane sets (ceremonial/decorative). Supplies are limited and we typically sell out, so please order early (first-come, first-served)! Deadline for orders is Monday, December 3, 2018. For your convenience, please use the attached PDF order form.

Any questions? Feel free to contact Pat Baba at 925-299-0110.

2018 Gakuen Fundraiser

posted Apr 17, 2018, 7:41 PM by JAClub Administrator

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Diablo Nippongo Gakuen . 

Come in to the Round Table Pizza at 2960 Treat Blvd, Concord on 

Saturday, April 21st between 11:30am and 9:30pm. 

Present the flyer below & 

Round Table Pizza will donate 15% of your total order 

to Diablo Nippongo Gakuen 

2018 Annual Facility Clean-Up

posted Apr 15, 2018, 6:02 PM by JAClub Administrator

Annual Facility Clean-Up is scheduled on Saturday, 4/21/2018 starting at 10:00 AM
  • Outside - Trees, Debris, etc.
  • Gym Closet - Judo Mats, Basketballs, etc.
Lunch will be provided.  Bring your gloves, hats, and good spirit!

2018 JA Scholarships

posted Apr 15, 2018, 2:52 PM by JAClub Administrator

Awards will be based on

·       Grades

·       JA Club Activities

·       Community Activities

·       Scholarship application in essay format

·       Letters of Recommendation, including one from a JA member who can write about the applicant’s involvement in the JA Club.

 Applicants must have been a current and active member of the JA Club for a minimum of the last three years.

Final Application Deadline:  May 4, 2018

 

Send your complete application to:

Karen Sakata

(925) 360-0406

Ksa20@comcast.net

Hana-Matsuri 花祭り 4/15/2018

posted Apr 15, 2018, 1:55 PM by JAClub Administrator   [ updated Apr 15, 2018, 2:36 PM ]

  

Hana-Matsuri is the celebration of the birth of Sakyamuni Buddha.  He was born in Lumbini's Garden which is in the southern foothills of the Himalayas.  His father was King Suddhodana of the Sakya Clan and his mother Queen Maya.  He was named Prince Siddartha and the family name was Gautama.  When he became enlightened at the age of 35, people gave him the title of Buddha, the Enlightened One, and revered him as Sakyamuni, the sage of the Sakyas.

The various rites observed during Hanamatsuri (literally Flower Festival) services are based upon the happenings at the time of Prince Siddartha's birth.  The Hanamido or miniature floral altar of bright flowers provides the setting of the beautiful Lumbini's Garden.  The statue of the baby Buddha, Tanjo-Butsu, which has his arm extended, illustrates the merits of the Buddha reaching out to all beings.  The pouring of the sweet tea on the statue, kambutsu, represents the gentle rain which fell that day in Lumbini's Garden.  

Thank you to Sensei Brian Nagata for conducting the Hana-Matsuri Service.

花祭りって何? - 四月八日のお釈迦さま(仏教の開祖)の誕生日に行われる仏教行事を花まつりといいます。お釈迦さまのお誕生日を祝って全国の寺院で花まつりが催されるのです。本来は、灌仏会(かんぶつえ)という名称で、浴仏会(よくぶつえ)、仏生会(ぶっしょうえ)、竜華会(りゅうげえ)などの別名もありますが、宗派を問わず使われる花まつりという名称が今ではこの行事の代名詞となっています。また、花まつりを幼稚園や学校の行事としている場合もあり、お寺だけの行事でなく、一般の行事としても浸透してきています。

当日は、お釈迦さまのお誕生日を祝う法要が行われます。お寺の境内には花御堂(はなみどう)がつくられ、その中にお釈迦さまの誕生仏が安置されます。参拝に来た人たちは、誕生仏の頭上に竹の杓で甘茶をかけてお祝いします。
花御堂は、お釈迦さまが生まれたルンビニの花園を表したもので、桜、れんぎょう、木蓮などの花々で飾った小堂です。誕生仏は、右手は天を指し、左手は地上を指した姿をしています。これは、お釈迦さまが産まれた直後、七歩歩いて、右手で天を左手で地を指して「天上天下唯我独尊(てんじょうてんげ(が)ゆいがどくそん)」と話したという伝説に基づいています。


2017 Holiday Party

posted Dec 2, 2017, 6:38 PM by JAClub Administrator   [ updated Dec 2, 2017, 6:40 PM ]

Sunday, December  3, 2017

Door Opens At 5:00.  Party starts at 5:25 - 8:00 pm

    All JA members & families are invited!

Seniors are our guests!!


A-G: Dessert (Home-made Preferred)

H - S : Main or Side Dish (Casseroles, Okazu, Pasta, Potatoes, etc..) T - Z : Salad (Green, Fruit, Pasta, Veggies, etc..)

 (Please clearly label any NUT and Dairy usage due to allergies.)

 Please bring enough food to be able to serve 6-8 people.

Optional: Bring a gift (under $15 please) for your child to put under the tree. Write their names clearly on the outside with a permanent marker.

Mochi Sale

posted Nov 13, 2017, 11:47 PM by JA Club Calendar   [ updated Nov 13, 2017, 11:50 PM ]

The Concord Buddhist Sunday School is again offering delicious, fresh mochi for sale! Supplies are limited, so order early!  We will be making three types:

  • Komochi (regular)
  • An Mochi (sweet bean filled)
  • Okasane (for display)

Please download and use the attached order form.  Deadline for orders is Monday, December 4, 2017. Mochi orders will be available for pickup on Sunday, December 10, 2017, between 11am-1pm.

Festival Appreciation Dinner

posted Oct 9, 2017, 8:09 PM by JAClub Administrator   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 8:10 PM ]

To all the hard working people who helped to make this year’s Summer Festival a success…

You are cordially invited to our:

Festival Appreciation Dinner
Saturday, October 14th
6:30 P.M.
J. A. Hall

Join us for an evening of food from Kinder's and Bingo!

Pleasant Hill 4th of July Parade!

posted Jul 1, 2017, 1:46 PM by JAClub Administrator


Hello Families!

Diablo Nippongo Gakuen will be participating in this year's Pleasant Hill 4th of July parade and we hope you will join us!

The parade will begin at 9:30am and participants will begin gathering at 8:30.  W will find out our placement in the parade later this week.  The parade will begin at the corner of Gregory Lane and Woodsworth Lane.  (Last year we parked at Safeway and walked which wasn't so bad).  

The organizers love festive groups so we encourage families to wear their Gakuen shirts, yukatas, happy coats, and other JA Club uniforms such as judo, kendo, taiko or Diablo basketball!  Kids can decorate bikes and scooters and wagons too.  Kids can also bring candy to pass out or how about origami?!  Make sure to bring sunscreen, water and wear comfortable shoes!

On behalf of Gakuen, we will bring some light pastries and fruit to enjoy prior to the walk. 

If you have any questions, please contact Monaliza at 925-212-5823 (text or call).  

We hope to have a larger turnout this year!  We had a lot of fun last year so we hope to see you all there!

P.S.  For more information, check out the Pleasant Hill website regarding the live music and jumpy houses and games for the whole family following the parade at the park.  http://phjuly4.com/

Summer Festival 2017 - August 12th and 13th

posted Jul 1, 2017, 1:14 PM by JAClub Administrator   [ updated Jul 9, 2017, 7:47 PM by JA Club Calendar ]

  

This year's annual JARCC Summer Festival will be held on Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th, 2017, at the Japanese American Religious and Cultural Center, located at 3165 Treat Blvd, Concord.

Come enjoy the wonderful selection of food items (sushi, chicken teriyaki, beef skewers, tempura, udon, shaved ice and lots more!).  Experience cultural dance, taiko, kendo, judo and flower arranging demonstrations.  Come ckeck us out, and learn why most visitors come back year after year!

Click here for more details.

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