Palo Alto Buddhist Temple Senior Organizations

Yuwa Kai members celebrate January, February and March birthdays
at the First Quarterly luncheon on March 7, 2020

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. Our 2020 Chairperson is Denise Montgomery.

Chairperson for 2020 is Denise Montgomery

2020 Yuwa Kai Officers:

Chairperson: Denise Montgomery
Treasurer: Joanne Chow
Co-Secretaries: Pat Fujii and Chris Takigawa

Tentative Calendar of Events for 2020

First Quarterly Luncheon - March 7
Second Quarterly Luncheon - TBD
Third Quarterly Luncheon - TBD
Casino Trip - TBD
Bonenkai - December 12

First Quarterly Luncheon

Our First Quarterly luncheon was held on March 7, 2020. The gym was beautifully decorated with greens, succulents and small artificial floral arrangements made by the Helping Hands craft group. We celebrated January – March birthdays and each birthday celebrant received a gift from Yuwa Kai.

After the luncheon, our members and guests viewed the Award winning film Alternative Facts: the Lies of Executive Order 9066, directed by Jon Osaki. The film is a documentary about the false information and political influences which led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. It was very informative and enjoyed by everyone who attended.

Jon Osaki, director/producer of the film "Alternative Facts"


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.

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.