|Shorinji Kempo Demonstration at Salinas Obon Festival
(July 28, 2014)
Monterey Branch, U.S.A / July 2014
- Contributor: Monterey Branch Master Kazuki Arita
On July 28th (Sun), 2014, 20 Kenshi demonstrated Shorinji Kempo at the "54th Salinas Obon Festival" of The
Buddhist Temple of Salinas in Salinas, California, U.S.A. The participants were Mr. Makoto Hagata sensei (Mt.
Diablo Branch Master), Mr. Ken 'ichi Takahashi (Mt. Diablo), Ms. Leela Hann-Soden (Mt. Diablo), Mr. Chris
Hann-Soden (Mt. Diablo), Mr. Griffin Skarto (Mt. Diablo), Mr. Angelica Hernandez (Mt. Diablo), Mr. Ramon
Vargas (Mt. Diablo), Ms. Theresa Chan (Berkeley), Mr. Fumio Nishimura (Monterey), Mr. Merced Rodriguez
(Monterey), Mr. Cleto Hernandez (Monterey), Mr. Jesse Febus (Monterey), Ms. Isabel Correia (Monterey), Mr.
David Correia (Monterey), Mr. Michael Blasheck (Monterey), Ms. Robin Balchen (Monterey), Ms. Juliette
Trambley (Monterey), Mr. Jeremy Diamsun (Monterey), and Kazuki Arita (Monterey Branch Master).
This is our 2nd demonstration for the "Obon" festival in the central coast of the California, U.S.A. this year. The
Obon festival is a popular Japanese festival as a showcase of Japanese cultures as well as a Japanese Buddhist
tradition to honor the spirits of one's ancestors in the U.S.A.
Salinas is located on the Central California Coast and is known as the "Salad Bowl of the World." It is famous for
producing various vegetable such as lettuce. There were many Asian farmers. There was a small China town in
the center of Salinas. However, all of Japanese people were forced to move to the internment camp during the
World War II and everything was gone. The Buddhist Temple of Salinas was founded in 1924 to promote
Buddhism for Japanese people living in this area. The Obon festival was restarted after the war ended and many
of them came back to this district. There are still many Japanese-American managing large farms to produce
This is the 2nd time to demonstrate Shorinji Kempo for all public in Salinas. The demonstration started from
13:00. We showed Chinkon, Kihon, Hokei of Goho and Juho such as Niou ken or Goka ken, and pair Embu.
During the 30 minute-demonstration, more than 100 audiences enjoyed watching and were very impressed with
our techniques with sharp movement and big Kiai. As the same as the demonstration in Monterey this year, a
pair Embu of a daughter and her father (Isabel and David) and Embu of wife and husband (Leela & Chris)
impressed the audiences very much. The audiences were surprised to watch Embu with sharp Kiai and
techniques and gave big hands to us. I hope that this demonstration can help to introduce and spread Shorinji
Kempo in Salinas.
Moreover, again I really appreciate precious time, effort, and great kindness of Hagata sensei and Mt. Diablo
branch members to join the demonstration. Gassho.