A Letter to My Friend, B who could not make it on that day-

On March 24, we held the second Buddhist memorial service in spring equinox times for my husband at Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple.  The air was a little chilly but as many as 100 people of Yasunori Sugahara’s Tomo-no-Kai (Fanatics’ Association) joined us from all over Japan.  The service took place in the temple hall and then we had a ceremonial dinner after that.  It was so nice to see people that I haven’t seen for a very long time.  We really had a good time there.

For the memorial service in the temple hall, five priests were present to read sutras.  It sounded so beautifully and for those who attended the service for the first time told me that they were very impressed by its solemn sounds that made them feel refreshed as if it were a piece of music.  The previous head priest, the late Priest Hayami designed the hall 20 years ago taking acoustic effects fully into account.  The woody ecru-colored of the hall emphasizes the Buddhist statutes as they line up simply, even though they are not colored but the same tone of color as the hall.

At the ceremonial dinner, members of Bonny Jacks kindly offered to sing a few songs.  We all sang along together toward the end.  The wholehearted singing memorial service by Bonny Jacks was really moving.  Most of all, I liked a cappella song that they arranged to combine Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”  It was so new and fresh that I was touched deeply.  Songs are meant to be a powerful love, messages and at the same time, an amazing magic that can take our mind back to our childhood instantly.  Songs we liked in our high school ages can take us back then.  Love songs we heard in our youth can make us reminisce about the sweet memories.  Nothing else can amaze us more but this wonderful magic of songs.

We sang all together, viscerally in a loud voice, as if we were little kids.  Age hasn’t slowed Bonny down at all!  Those who had eyes glistened with tears when they first arrived, had cheeks turned scarlet by the time to go home from singing along with Bonny.  Everyone had a twinkle in their eyes as if we all renewed our energy enough to last for a year until the next memorial service.  Bonny entertained us with a talk between songs full of humors.

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I’m sure that Yasunori Sugahara is still working hard every day for the earth to become a peaceful place in the other world where he is now.  The number of his fan there should be almost the same as those who are here… they have moved there as well.  My husband may be performing concerts upon their requests.

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On the service day of March 24th my husband must have been singing “Bells in Nagasaki” along with Bonny.  As I got home and talked to him in the photo, I felt he said he was happy with a smile 10 times bigger than usual.

I really wish my friend, B can join us next year.  Take care until then.

On the service day of March 24th my husband must have been singing “Bells in Nagasaki” along with Bonny.  As I got home and talked to him in the photo, I felt he said he was happy with a smile 10 times bigger than usual.

I really wish my friend, B can join us next year.  Take care until then.

On the service day of March 24th my husband must have been singing “Bells in Nagasaki” along with Bonny.  As I got home and talked to him in the photo, I felt he said he was happy with a smile 10 times bigger than usual.

I really wish my friend, B can join us next year.  Take care until then.

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