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.
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.