The year 2013 marked the 110th anniversary of Soto Zen Buddhism in South America and Hawaii. (The Soto Zen Mission of Hawaii Shoboji Temple also celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding.)
In 1903, Reverend Taian Ueno arrived in Peru, and Reverends Kawahara Senei and Kan Ryoun went to Hawaii. Together they planted the seeds of Soto Zen. The seeds grew and took root in both countries, and became splendid huge trees over the course of 110 years. The leaves and branches of these trees gently cover the temple members and friends and offer a place where they can live in peace.
To honor the Kaikyoshi (now Kokusaifukyoshi) who overcame many difficulties in disseminating the Soto Zen teachings in both countries, and to recognize the achievements of temple members who have helped to preserve and protect the temples, commemorative events including the 110th Anniversary service were held.