“From Owning a Japanese Restaurant to Working for the BCA” — Hilo’s Spring Seminar on March 23 (Zoom option available)

Koichi Mizushima, BCA Youth Coordinator

Hilo Betsuin’s 2024 Spring Seminar with Koichi Mizushima Sensei, Youth Coordinator for Buddhist Churches of America

You are invited to attend Hilo Betsuin’s 2024 Spring Seminar either in person or online on Saturday, March 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The in-person location is Sangha Hall, 424 Kilauea Avenue. The event will also be available on Zoom.

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The featured speaker will be Koichi Mizushima, Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) Youth Coordinator and BCA Center for Buddhist Education staff member. Koichi Sensei will present on the topic “Sharing My Dharma Journey, from Owning a Japanese Restaurant to Working for the BCA.” His presentation will focus on youth, but adults are also invited to attend! At approximately 11:00 a.m. there will be a fun-filled, hands-on, instructional sushi party, highlighting Koichi Sensei’s sushi chef skills. After lunch, the seminar will end with a discussion for the attendees with the topic being “How to get more people involved.”

Koichi Mizushima graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1995 with a B.S. in Management Economics. He was part-owner of three restaurants: “Taiko Sushi” from 1996–1997, “Osaka Sushi” from 1999–2004, and “Kamon Japanese Restaurant” from 1998–2013.

During this time, he was active at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento (Sacramento Betsuin). Koichi Sensei re-established their Jr. YBA Program in 1998 and co-taught 1st grade Dharma school from 1997–2003. He has been co-chair of the Sushi Booth at the Sacramento Betsuin annual bazaar from 2000 to the present and was their Programs Director from 2014–2019. Koichi Sensei has been a Minister’s Assistant at the Sacramento Betsuin since 2003 and completed the Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course in 2017.

In 2018, Koichi Sensei began working for the BCA as their Youth Coordinator and also joined the BCA Center for Buddhist Education staff. In 2021 he became the BCA Ministerial Benefits Coordinator. He presently continues in all three positions. His family includes his wife Janet, daughter Ellie (a second-year student at UC Davis), and their dog Chuck.

The Saturday session is from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Registration for In Person

For in-person attendees, there is a fee of $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth to cover lunch and materials — please register at the Hilo Betsuin office located at 398 Kilauea Avenue by March 21, 2023.

Attending by Zoom

You may also attend the Saturday session for free on Zoom using the link below.
Meeting ID: 934 7060 7158
Passcode: HHHB

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