Palo Alto Buddhist Temple Senior Organizations

Yuwa Kai members celebrate July, August and September birthdays
at the Third Quarterly Luncheon on September 22, 2018

Yuwa Kai

Yuwa Kai 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 - September 22
Bonenkai - December 8

Third Quarterly Luncheon

Our Third Quarterly luncheon was held on September 22, 2018. A wonderful buffet lunch was catered from Buca di Beppo in Palo Alto, and everyone enjoyed the delicious Italian food. Following lunch, members had a great time playing Mahjong, Hana, Bridge and making crafts to take home.

Members playing Mahjong

Craft making

Tanimura & Antle and Japanese Schoolhouse Trip

On August 27th, Yuwa Kai members traveled to Salinas to visit the Tanimura & Antle Farms which is an employee-owned family farm that grows premium fresh produce. We toured the nursery, corporate office, cooling and refrigeration operations, fields and employee housing facility. We then visited the historic Castroville Japanese School which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The trip was an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Tanimura & Antle Farms


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.