art, music & food for buddhism

A Fundraising Art Auction

for the Japanese Cemetery in Broome, Western Australia

SAT 17 March 5 – 8 PM $25 + AUCTION

YUGA Floral Cafe & Gallery

ph 02 9692 8604 0413 781 622  

172 St. Johns Road, Glebe







Mayu Kanamori and Setsuko Yanagisawa from Yuga Floral is hosting an art auction and fundraising event to support Reverent Shigenobu Watanabe to conduct kuyo in the Japanese Cemetery in Broome.

Spiritual artworks by Australian artists whose work reflects a spiritual nature will form a silent auction. Guests will also be treated live shakuhachi by Felicity Clark and koto music by members of Koto Music Institute of Australia. There will also be a traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstration by Urasenke Sydney Association ,  followed by vegetarian Japanese temple finger food and drinks.

The proceeds from the event will enable  Reverent Shigenobu Watanabe (Hongwanji Buddhist Mission of Australia) to travel to Broome, Western Australia to give a buddhist kuyo for those at the Japanese Cemetery in Broome. Kuyo is Japanese for ceremonial offering and prayer for the deceased.

The Japanese Cemetery in Broome is the final resting place for over 900 Japanese pearlers who contributed to the Australian pearl industry from the late 1800’s to 1970’s. Many of the Japanese married local Indigenous women and the cemetery continues to service their families and descendants. During the pearling heyday, a Buddhist kuyo was held at the cemetery during August every year. It has been a strong wish of the local Indigenous-Japanese community to reinstate this spiritual custom.


Luke Hardy,   Peter SolnessSandy Edwards, Amanda James, Roslyn Sharp, Hiromi Ashlin, Katy Fitzgerald, Hayley Anderson, Tomoko Yamada, Ren Yano, Deborah Wall Ruiz , Kazuko Chalker, Michele Mossop, Jumaadi, Vienna Parreno, Tom Williams ,Kay WatanabeLisa Sharkey ,  Moshe Rosenveig  Miyuki Kishida, Satomi Aoki, Mary van den Berk and Mayu Kanamori.



Supported by:  Japan Club of Sydney (JCS)






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