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Shumei America’s 28th Anniversary

October 25, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 2:45 pm

Message from the Director of Shumei America, Sensei Eugene Imai

Our world is now facing many serious challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic, droughts, floods, wildfires, riots, and political and social divisiveness. Instead of weakening or disappearing, these phenomena may intensify and become worse.

So I want to appeal to you, our Shumei members and friends, to help the people of our world go through these difficult times more safely and peacefully.

We need to unite our hearts and minds in praying together for the world with daily chanting of the Amatsunorito. I encourage you to join me and also invite your family and friends in this significant spiritual endeavor. You can join us in our daily live stream sampai or chant at home with your friends, family or by yourself. Please try to do it EVERY DAY.
Thank you.

Sign up here for the daily Prayer Vigil sampai

Cancellation of In-Person Attendance

If the conditions surrounding COVID-19 and the air quality due to the wildfires do not improve by September 30th, in-person attendance to the anniversary celebration will most likely be cancelled. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow all restriction mandates and safety conditions set by the state of California.
At this moment, there will be no in-person attendance option available for the anniversary.

We encourage you to stay informed of your local state’s mandates as well as those of any other states you wish to visit.

Morning Ceremony (10:30 AM–12:00 PM PT)

  • Livestream begins at 10:30 AM PT with a video tour of Shumei America’s Centers

  • Sampai officially starts at 11:00 AM PT

  • Chanting, Jyorei, Poems, Speeches, and Children’s Choir!

RSVP link is here!

  • A Testimony of Light

    A discussion on spirituality, Light, and Jyorei led by Sensei Tom Ryu, this segment of the afternoon program will feature testimonies from members from all over the country. Expand and strengthen your heart by listening and sharing your own stories and experiences.

    Buyou Dance Class

    Tae Komai started learning Japanese Buyou Dance at the Hanayagi school since the age of 8. She has also studied jazz, hip hop, hula, and other forms of dance. She combines traditional and new styles of choreography in her dances in an innovative way. In this class she will teach students her unique style of dance.

    Cooking Class

    How can we naturally strengthen our immune system? This cooking class is led by Jeanne Grosset, facilitated by Alice Cunningham and Ryoji Ishii. Jeanne is a Natural Health Specialist & Culinary Medicine Instructor for UC San Diego’s Center for Integrative Medicine. She is the President of the Vegetarian Educational Institute, a non-profit dedicated to “making health fun” for all ages.

    RSVP Link Here

    Contact Us for In-Person RSVP Attendance

    At this moment, preparations to set up the National Center’s courtyard and community room to provide space for a limited amount of in-person attendees for the October 25th sampai ceremony.

    If you would like to RSVP for In-Person Attendance for the sampai ceremony, please contact us at anniversary@shumei.us and title the subject line as “Request for In-Person RSVP Form.”

    You will be sent the link and contacted if confirmed for attendance. As conditions in Los Angeles county are still restricted for large indoor gatherings, we will notify you once the RSVP list has reached its limit.


Shumei America Pasadena Center
2430 E Colorado BLV
Pasadena, CA 91107 United States