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Soto Mission of San Francisco

曹洞宗日米山桑港寺

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 12, 2020
1. Soto Mission of San Francisco Marker
Inscription.  
Soto Mission of San Francisco
Sokoji 1934 - 1994

Soto Zen Buddhist Temple

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Sokoji congregation, and the 10th anniversary of the construction of this temple. December 8, 1934 - Sokoji founded by Rev. Hosen Isobe at 1881 Bush Street, S. F.

December 1, 1979 - Ground breaking ceremony of new temple at 1691 Laguna Street, S. F officiated by Rev. Egyoku Hata, Abbot of Eiheiji, Head Temple of the Soto sect.

April 22, 1984 - Dedication of the new Sokoji temple officiated by Rev. Renpo Niwa, Vice Abbot of Eiheiji. October 9, 1994-60th anniversary ceremony.

[Of the Japanese inscription, only the right-downwards line is transcribed:]

曹洞宗日米山桑港寺

 
Erected 1994.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian AmericansChurches & Religion.
 
Location. 37° 47.194′ N, 122° 25.707′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California

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By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 12, 2020
2. Soto Mission of San Francisco Temple and Marker
, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Laguna Street and Sutter Street, on the right when traveling south on Laguna Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1691 Laguna Street, San Francisco CA 94115, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Uoki Sakai (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); House of Gerhard F. Terschuren (about 600 feet away); Issei Women's Legacy (about 600 feet away); Mary Ellen Pleasant Memorial Park (about 600 feet away); A New Ballgame (about 800 feet away); Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (approx. ¼ mile away); Sarcophagus of Thomas Starr King (approx. 0.3 miles away); Haas-Lilienthal House (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .
1. Soto Mission of San Francisco (Sokoji) History (timeline). Mission webpage (Submitted on December 16, 2020.) 

2. Soto Mission Of San Francisco - Sokoji (Sokoji). Mission homepage:
"With the purchase of a Jewish synagogue at 1881 Bush Street through the efforts of Reverend Hosen Isobe and Japanese American volunteers, Soto Mission of San Francisco, Sokoji, was founded and dedicated on December 8, 1934 (the date of the Jodoe - Buddha's attaining enlightenment). In 1942 Sokoji closed its doors due to World War II, but managed to continue making payments towards the purchase of the building by congregation members while being interned at various U.S.
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relocation camps. After World War II in 1948, the Temple re-opened for services by Reverend Rien Takahashi. Once again through the strong support from congregation members, Sokoji was relocated to its current location at 1691 Laguna Street in 1984 after four years of construction...." (Submitted on December 16, 2020.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 16, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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