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FBWA Youth Exchange Program August 9-15, 2011 Mountain States District Colorado & Utah Photos: Gail Ida, Merrily Stewart, Joyce Nakata Kim.

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1 FBWA Youth Exchange Program August 9-15, 2011 Mountain States District Colorado & Utah Photos: Gail Ida, Merrily Stewart, Joyce Nakata Kim

2 Rumi Furosako, age 21, Hiroshima & Yuki Kogo, age 18, Kyoto Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple, Denver, Colorado

3 Rev.E.D. Fujii, Mrs. Michiko Fujii with Rumi, Yuki, YBA members & fathers

4 The Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple Chapter BWA has over 60 members ranging in age from

5 Hosts – Colin & K.C. Stewart with Rumi & Yuki at University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado The host families enjoyed the exchange experience on very personal levels. Comparing lifestyles between Japan and US Jodo Shinshu Buddhists was enlightening for all.

6 Yuki & Rumi riding a gondola to the summit of Gold Peak, Vail Colorado This was not only an exchange between Japan and US BWA members, but also an exchange among two Japanese BWA members. The girls did not know each other prior to this exchange. By the end of their visit, they were like sisters, sharing this unique, American experience.

7 Rumi & Yuki with fellow BWA exchange student, K.C. Stewart and friend, Amy Yoshimura. Enjoying American cuisine with their new Colorado friends.

8 Host mothers: Gail Ida & Merrily Stewart with Yuki, Rumi & K.C. Stewart

9 YBA members from Salt Lake and Ogden Buddhist Temples Mountain States District Conference, Moab, Utah

10 Rev. Hirano with members of the Salt Lake, Ogden and Denver Sanghas, Arches National Park - Mountain States District Conference

11 Arches National Park, Utah – K.C. Stewart, Mrs. Michiko Fujii, Yuki, Rumi and Merrily Stewart

12 Although our homes are across the globe from each other, the foundations of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism are universal and deeply rooted in our lives.

13 K.C. Stewart, Rumi, Yuki & Merrily Stewart The host families found saying good-bye to their guests very difficult.

14 Thank you FBWA for sponsoring Rumi & Yuki’s visit to the Mountain States District, Colorado & Utah Our Sangha thoroughly enjoyed hosting the two young ladies and support the continuance of this valuable exchange.

15 We welcome all of you to visit our Temple and Dharma Services. Photo: E_Journeys

16 Arigato gozaimashita, okagesama de. In gassho, Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple Chapter Mountain States District BWA


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