Obon Time in a Sustainable Little Tokyo

On July 9th, 2015, an article written by Gwen Muranaka was published in the Rafu Shimpo.

OBON TIME IN A SUSTAINABLE LITTLE TOKYO

Nishi Hongwanji and Zenshuji Soto Mission host Obon festivals this weekend.

From left: Sunil Vernekar, Zenshuji Obon chair, Ben Takagi, Kunio Tsuneyoshi and Amy Honjiyo in the garden at Zenshuji Soto Mission. All organic materials from the kitchen are composted and used to nourish the soil. Extra bins will be utilized to gather organic waste from the Obon Carnival to be held this weekend. (GWEN MURANAKA/Rafu Shimpo)

From left: Sunil Vernekar, Zenshuji Obon chair, Ben Takagi, Kunio Tsuneyoshi and Amy Honjiyo in the garden at Zenshuji Soto Mission. All organic materials from the kitchen are composted and used to nourish the soil. Extra bins will be utilized to gather organic waste from the Obon Carnival to be held this weekend. (GWEN MURANAKA/Rafu Shimpo)

Part of the continuing series “Towards a Sustainable Little Tokyo.”

“Sustainable” is certainly a buzzword in Little Tokyo these days and that includes at Zenshuji Mission of Los Angeles and Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. While the temples and its members are busy preparing for their Obon festivals this weekend, they also are mindful of the environmental impacts.

Sustainable Little Tokyo, first organized in 2013, is an initiative that seeks to build a cultural ecodistrict that both respects Little Tokyo’s history and embraces ecologically friendly practices.

But to speak with the members of the local temples, sustainability or the concept of mottainai is deeply ingrained in Buddhism...

Read the full article here.