Michiko’s Childhood Story in Internment Camps and Beyond

San Mateo Buddhist Temple Member Mrs. Michiko Mukai shares memories of her experiences in the World War II Japanese-American incarceration camps, and how her family returned to San Mateo and rebuilt their life following the war.

Dharma Service at the Tanforan Memorial (April 28)


On Sunday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m. the San Mateo Buddhist Temple Sangha welcomes you to join us for an outdoor Dharma Service at the Tanforan Memorial in San Bruno. (MAP)

Significance of this date: the Tanforan Assembly Center opened on April 28th, 1942, exactly 82 years ago. We hope Sangha members will join this meaningful service.

If you arrive at 9:30, please take the opportunity to visit the Photo Gallery inside the San Bruno BART station. The memorial, where we will have service, is directly in front of BART station.

There is plenty of free parking on Sunday the at San Bruno BART station.

Memories of San Mateo Buddhist Temple’s First Obon

By Susan (Kawakita) Kwong

Hearing my mom reminisce of how she and a handful of her friends started Obon at San Mateo Buddhist Temple, it quickly caught my attention and found it my mission to contact her friends and listen to their stories. Wish I had known years earlier since I was only able to obtain a few people’s memories. Was quite interesting and wanted to share this story since our Obon is around the corner. Thank you, Mrs. Wada, Mrs. Hashimoto, and mom for reminiscing about San Mateo Buddhist Temple’s first Obon.

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Panelists: Miyuki Friedman, Toshinori Saiki, and Akira Uramoto

Japanese Language Session: the Food and the Dharma

The Food and the Sangha at SMBT Bazaar

Panelists: Grace Kanomata, Donald Lee, and Carrie Yoshimoto

Everyone’s favorite topic! Discover the history of some of our favorite SMBT bazaar food items.

The Buddhas Little Children at SMBT Bazaar

Panelists: Wesley Mukai, Hishi Oto, Roy Suruki, and Yuko Suruki

Hear a conversation about the significance of the bazaar and the temple in the lives of children.

Creating the Space at SMBT Bazaar

Panelists: Rodger Fujinaga, Victor Iwamura, Suzy Lee, and William Tsukida

Learn more about what goes into preparing for bazaar and efforts to carry on cherished traditions.

The History of SMBT Bazaar

Panelists: Ritsuko Furuya, Michiko Mukai and Ruth Wada

Hear memories of the early days of the SMBT bazaar and temple life from long-serving members.