Original Issue Date: Jan. 9, 1964 Translated by Minami Endo/ The North American Post
A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Dec. 29 for the Shinran Shonin 700th Memorial Hall on the east side of the main building at Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple. The ceremony was led by Rinban Kumada and joined by many attendees including Seattle Japanese Language School students, the church’s youth, its women’s group and Shoyukai and Ijikai representatives.
After President Harry Kawabe’s speech, representatives joined the groundbreaking, and attendees made offerings of incense.
While celebrating the New Year, construction has already been begun and is moving forward to the dedication, which is planned for May.
The hall will be used as a classroom for Seattle Japanese Language School students and as a worship and social space for youth.
In the Photo: Seattle Betsuin President Harry Kawabe, left, joins the groundbreaking ceremony with Minister Nakagami, center, and Rinban Kumada, right.