Let the memory of Bishop Dwight Ryokan Nakamura be with us forever
  • 88 years old
  • Born on June 6, 1926 in Iwakura, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
  • Passed away on March 23, 2015 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Bishop Dwight Nakamura 88 years old , born on June 6, 1926 and passed away on March 23, 2015. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Dana Nakamura on 24th March 2018
Dear Dad --- three years have passed very quickly. I miss you each and every day as I see the little reminders of you in my home. One of my favorite photos sits on my desk with your calm and peaceful smile brightening up this day. To celebrate your life, I had lunch at Ichiban and Kazumi-san served me gyoza that you enjoyed. Visited Reynolda Gardens to view all the flowers and plants springing forward, and sat at your favorite bench taking in the sun. It was a wonderfully peaceful day!!!
Posted by Chandra Kanemaru on 23rd March 2018
Already it has been 3 years since the passing of The Bishop, dear dad, Grandpa Namu Namu...but still I hold close the warmth of your tender acts of spiritual kindness and forgiveness...seeing the best and most beautiful things in the world that cannot be seen or even touched by most...they could only be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Posted by Shelley Asao on 6th June 2017
Happy 91st Birthday, Bishop Nakamura! Rest well!
Posted by Chandra Kanemaru on 6th June 2017
Happy 91st Birthday Dad! Love you forever more.
Posted by Chandra Kanemaru on 23rd March 2017
We have all been blessed to have had DAD in our lives bringing joy, calm reflection, happiness, peace, light, wisdom, guidance and purpose. Miss him dearly. but know that he is in eternal life with mom and Earnest Wasui.
Posted by D'Ann Hershel on 24th March 2016
Remembering his kind and gentle spirit. So blessed to have known him.
Posted by Shelley Asao on 23rd March 2016
Can't believe a year has passed since the passing of Bishop Nakamura! Although our meeting in the past was short, his kindness and compassion left a lasting impression! His sweet smile and face spread love and warmth to all around him. Missing him and wishing him peace and love as he rests in peace! With live...
Posted by Chandra Kanemaru on 23rd March 2016
Thinking of our beloved dad the past few days.....today marks the one year memorial anniversary of his entering into Nirvana. I believe he is joyfully reunited with our mom and brother Earnest and living in perfect and harmonious bliss. A warm-hearted, kind, compassionate and generous man of the Jodo Buddhist faith attuned to communicating in ways all people could understand. he had a conviction with the strongest sense of devotion to helping others, especially centered around teaching and sharing the Nembutsu. His life revolved around his work. He sacrificed himself for his faith and recited the Nembutsu with his last breath. Grandpa NamuNamu we miss you....Love you.
Posted by Sharleen Shidaki on 6th June 2015
Happy Birthday Uncle!!!!
Posted by Chandra Kanemaru on 6th June 2015
HAPPY 89TH BIRTHDAY DAD!! 6-6-26.
Posted by Sharan Ro on 21st April 2015
Aloha Chandra, I am thinking of you and sending my love and blessings to you and your family, holding you in love and grace. Was wondering how your Dad is, and found this site and the news. A long, hard pause and reflection tonight. Words cannot adequately convey the powerful devotion and joyful spirit of your Dad in this lifetime and the incredible work and significant influence he has made. ...An incredible wayshower and model to follow, one who touched me deeply and brought in beautiful you. You did an amazing and incredible tribute for such an amazing and beautiful soul. Please let me know how I can support you. I love you. Love and blessings, Sharan
Posted by Yubun Narashiba on 8th April 2015
Dear Chandra and Dana, I am so sorry for your father's passing away. Your father was a great bishop. He was the bishop who interviewed me in Japan and let me come to Hawaii to work as a minister. That was more than 30 years ago. He was a good calligrapher, too. When I asked him to write Japanese Kanji characters to make fonts for computer based on his hand writing, he said he can not write with a brush anymore. It was too late. We will really miss him. Namu Amida Butsu. In Gassho, Rev. Yubun Narashiba Jodo Mission of Hawaii
Posted by Tena Funakoshi on 6th April 2015
Dearest Chandra, ...In the darksome night of despair, my eye turneth expectant and full of hope to the morn of Thy boundless favor and at the hour of dawn my drooping soul is refreshed and strengthened in remembrance of Thy beauty and perfection. He whom the grace of Thy mercy aideth, though he be but a drop, shall become the boundless ocean, and the merest atom which the outpouring of Thy loving-kindness assisteth, shall shine even as the radiant star..... May your father rest in peace. Sending our deepest sympathy, Tena and Wade
Posted by Linda Holsinger on 2nd April 2015
Dearest Chan and Dana: Your dad will be missed so much. He was such a passionate, caring and loving individual -- truly one of the most amazing persons I have known. The Bishop (my Reverend Uncle, as I will always remember him) touched so many in his lifetime. Thought about some great memories. Take care. Hugs, Auntie Linda
Posted by JeanNSam Kuboyama on 31st March 2015
Chandra and family, Please accept our deepest condolences. Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and let us know if we can be of any help.
Posted by Chandra Kanemaru on 30th March 2015
Hearing of my uncle ‘death Dear Reiko It has been a long time since I last contacted you. I was shocked at the news of my uncle’s unexpected death I have been concerned about him since I have not been in touch with him recently. My last memory with him was 3 years ago when he visited Japan. Since that time I met him, I saw that his health was declining so I have been concerned about him for a while. I heard that Mieko visited him and that she was able to see him in a peaceful state. I am sorry and saddened by his departure. However, I was relieved to hear that his family could be close to him when he passed. I can’t imagine how sad you and Yoko san's are right now. Once you both have settled down, please let me know how we can help. I have contacted his siblings in Japan about his death. They would like to have a ceremony to bid farewell to him. I pray that our uncle rest in peace. Sincerely yours Gassho Tetsuo Nakamura
Posted by Hisae Tanikawa on 30th March 2015
Dear Chandra, We are deeply shocked to hear of the death of Ryokan ojisan. Our thought are with your family at this most difficult time of loss. Sincerely, Hisae Tanikawa
Posted by Chandra Kanemaru on 29th March 2015
Dearest Reiko, Yoko I was so surprised and shocked to hear your father had passed away through Mieko’s phone call from Boston. I know what a loss this must be to you. Any words are not much comfort at a time like this, but I just wanted to say, I am here to help you in any way I can. Sincerely, Makoto Shibagaki
Posted by Chandra Kanemaru on 29th March 2015
Dear Chandra, Thank you for sending Ryokan ojisan's memorial website. I have started making an album of photos we have taken with him while listening to the"onenbutsu" CD that he gave me. I feel so blessed that I have so many wonderful memories of him but miss him so much. Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family and please take care of yourself. Please know we are always here for you. Mieko Yamamoto
Posted by Chandra Kanemaru on 29th March 2015
Chandra Sorry to read about the passing of your dad. I am sure you miss him. (I didn’t realize he wasn’t here with you.) My condolences to you and family Lei Fukuhara
Posted by Chandra Kanemaru on 29th March 2015
Chandra and Dana I would like to extend my deepest sympathy of your loss. Your dad will be missed dearly. Love always, Sharleen Shidaki
Posted by Chandra Kanemaru on 29th March 2015
Hi Chandra, Thanks for sharing this - it was lovely. I found it really interesting because my grandfather passed away almost 2 years ago and his name was Charles Bishop Dwight III. Small world huh? Take care, Rachel M. Glanstein, PRP
Posted by Chandra Kanemaru on 29th March 2015
I am so sad to hear about the passing of your Dad . He was such a kind person and had such a cute smile, kinda like the one you inherited from him. If we can help in any way, let us know. Fondest Aloha, Brenda Lee
Posted by Chandra Kanemaru on 29th March 2015
Hi Chandra, What a beautiful memorial to your Dad. I just want to express my condolences and Aloha to you and your family. I so admire your strength and mana’ with all of the things that you do for your community and your family …. You are a true inspiration for us all. May your father Rest in Peace … ~Victor
Posted by Chandra Kanemaru on 29th March 2015
Dear Reiko,Yoko We are all deeply shocked to hear of the death of your father and we would like to offer deepest sympathy. Sincerely Yukio Nakamura, Tokyo, Japan
Posted by Laura Hahn on 27th March 2015
"In the end, only three things matter: How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you." Buddha Bishop Nakamura loved much and many ... He walked among us with grace, wisdom, humility, and laughter ! Always the laughter !!! He has let go of this shell here on earth ... He will always be in our hearts ... He will be remembered ... He will be loved ...
Posted by Oress Kawakami on 25th March 2015
Chandra....your father will be missed so much by all the ladies of the Ohara Hawaii Chapter. He was such an addition to our luncheons Please let me know what I could do to help you and your family. I am so sad to hear of his passing. Call me any time. Night or day. Miss you. oress
Posted by Kevin A on 25th March 2015
Although, I have not had the privilege to meet Bishop Dwight Nakamura; I feel that I know him through his daughter Chandra. Chandra is one with high standards, great expectations, an exceptional example of being the best we can be. It can be attributed to Bishop Nakamura who I believe to be a spiritual leader in his own right. This is the legacy he has left for his congregation, friends and most of all his family. It is also, reassuring to know there is hope that we will be able be with our loved ones in the next life. With deepest sympathy, much love and Aloha to you and your family Chandra.
Posted by Ben N Diane Yrizarry on 25th March 2015
Chandra, thank you for sharing so much about you Dad with us. He was a remarkable man! I'm glad that Ben and I had the opportunity to meet him! Our condolences to you and your family.
Posted by Ben N Diane Yrizarry on 25th March 2015
Chandra, thank you for sharing so much about your Dad with us! He was a remarkable man! I'm glad that Ben and I had the chance to meet him. Our condolences to you and your family!
Posted by C F on 25th March 2015
My dear CBQ, "What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." - Helen Keller With love and sympathy
Posted by Arleen Tamashiro on 25th March 2015
My condolences to you and your family Chandra . I know your dad was a big influence in your life and you are a strong woman because of this.
Posted by Arleen Tamashiro on 25th March 2015
My condolences to you and your family Chandra . I know your dad was a big influence in your life and you are a strong woman because of this.
Posted by Shelley Asao on 25th March 2015
I am so blessed to have met Bishop Dwight Nakamura at one of our LDS Cultural Activities. He was like a breath of fresh air and like a little boy in a candy store, talking to people and partaking in the many different kinds of ethnic foods. What a joy it was to have his sweet spirit with us that evening. Thank you, Bishop Nakamura, for leaving your footprint on my heart. Aloha...for now...until we meet again!
Posted by Chandra Kanemaru on 25th March 2015
In loving remembrance of "Grandpa Namu Namu" ~ Life never dies, although we live....In midst of change and death, only the forms shall pass away...and not the spirit's breath. ~ The consciousness can never die....although it seems to fade, it doth but pass to other forms which thoughts and acts have made. ~ "There is no death," all nature cries...The rose will reappear, its petals will more perfect be after the winter drear. ~Dorothy Hunt

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