Kikuyo Sekino

SEKINO, KIKUYO, 102, passed peacefully in her sleep after visiting with and surrounded by her children on December 16, 2016. She was preceded in death by husband, Yukio Sekino. She is survived by daughters Reiko (Shozo) Inomata, residing in Japan, Sachiko (Yoshiaki deceased) Tajima, and sons Osamu(Tsuruko), and Tad (Christie). She will be greatly missed by her 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren as well as her niece and 2 nephews.

Born in San Francisco on November 30, 1914. At the age of 5 she was sent to Japan. Returned to San Francisco when she was 20 after marrying Yukio Sekino. The family was first interned at Tanforan Center in So. SF then to Topaz internment camp, Utah, and finally to Tule Lake internment camp in Northern CA until the end of the war. The family returned and settled in SF.

She was active with the SF Buddhist Church Jr. and Sr. Fujinkai. A past President of the Federation of Buddhist Womens Assn. and also General Chairperson of the World Fujinkai Convention, when last held in San Francisco. She was a recipient of the Kay Okamoto Volunteer Award for her work with Senior Citizens. A Past President of the San Francisco Kanagawa Kenjinkai.

She began her studies of Omotesenke Chanoyu (Japanese Tea Ceremony) in the early 1960s. She also began her studies of Kusae at approximately the same time under its creator Keiko Hida. She was a member of the Board of Directors of Hokka Nichibei Kai. She was a founding member of the Tea Society of the Hokka Nichibei Kai. Because of her interest in Chanoyu she was actively involved with the Omotesenke Domon Kai, Northern Calif. Chapter and served as one of the advisors.

In 2015 the Consul General of Japan in San Francisco presented her with a Certificate and a commemorative gift honoring her long years of service to the community.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 10am at the Buddhist Church of San Francisco, 1881 Pine Street, San Francisco, California.

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