茶の湯 in サンフランシスコ ・ Japanese Tea Ceremony を San Franciscoで

表千家四方社中の茶の湯ブログ Japanese Tea Ceremony Blog for Shikata Shachu – Omotesenke

妙壽寺・Myoju-ji

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サンフランシスコ日蓮寺には現在ご住職はいらっしゃいませんが、毎年春、夏、秋とお彼岸・お盆の時期に東京世田谷の妙壽寺から和尚様方が檀家さんのためお越しになります。今回は妙壽寺の三吉ご住職の奥様と園田ご上人が4月上旬にご訪問され、丁度花祭りの時期とも重なりました。

There is no priest living at San Francisco Nichiren-ji temple, but every year priests arrive from Myoju-ji in Setagaya, Tokyo in spring, summer and fall for important Buddhist seasonal celebrations in service for the faithful.  This time Abbot Miyoshi’s wife and Rev. Sonoda – both from Myoju-ji – visited the temple in early April, which coincided with Hanamatsuri (Buddha’s birthday).

お寺からお茶室をお借りして稽古をしている上、常々お世話になっておりますのでお二人をお迎えしてお茶を差し上げました。お二人のご友人でお茶を東京で教えていらっしゃるI先生、またもう一人お茶の先生もご同席されました。

As we are renting the tea room from the temple and Myoju-ji has been kind to us, we invited them for tea to show our gratitude.  Mrs. N, a friend of theirs who teaches tea in Tokyo, and another tea teacher, were also guests for the tea.

妙壽寺は1631年に妙感寺として開創されて以来の400年近い歴史を持つ由緒ある法華宗のお寺です。サンフランシスコ日蓮寺を開創された石田日天大僧正は戦前戦後を通して妙壽寺と深い関係をお持ちでした。(三吉ご住職のお父様は石田日天大僧正のご兄弟ですので、三吉ご住職は大僧正の甥子さんに当たられます。)妙壽寺歴史の詳細はこちらでどうぞ。

Myoju-ji originally started as Myokan-ji in 1631, almost 400 years ago.  It is a well-established Hokke sect temple with long and rich history.  Before, during and after the war, Archbishop Nitten Ishida, who established San Francisco Nichiren-ji temple, had deep ties with Myoju-ji.  (Abbot Miyoshi’s father was a brother of Archbishop Ishida’s.  Abbot Miyoshi is a nephew of Archbishop Ishida’s.)  For historical details of Myoji-ji, please see here.  (Japanese only)

竹花入(妙壽寺境内の竹製)
Bamboo vase from a bamboo harvested at Myoju-ji

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