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Stockton Buddhist Church plans annual cultural bazaar Aug. 2-3

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Stockton Buddhist Church plans annual cultural bazaar Aug. 2-3

Drum playing at last year’s festival.

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POSTED July 18, 2014 7:55 p.m.

STOCKTON — The Stockton Buddhist Church’s annual Bon Odori and Cultural Bazaar is Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 2-3, at the temple grounds located at 2820 Shimizu Drive.

The event begins with the opening of the two-day bazaar celebration of cultural arts and culinary delights starting at 11a.m. on both days. The public is invited to participate and share in this annual event, now celebrating its 48th year at the current location.  

The Bon Odori dance, usually celebrated a week earlier, will be featured on opening day of the bazaar, will be performed early evening at 7 p.m. This gives the opportunity for those who generally are unable to attend the event a chance to participate and enjoy this festive celebration. 

Bon Odori, is the Buddhist event that commemorates remembrance of one’s ancestors. Members of the Church celebrate in traditional Japanese costume while performing traditional celebration dances including the use of fans, castanets as they celebrate remembrance of ancestors and loved ones who have left. It has evolved to a homecoming for families and friends.

The Bazaar will traditional Cultural festival feature food, entertainment and games. The indoor stage features performances by groups such as the Stockton Bukkyo Taiko, Masazuki (koto group), Stockton Kendo club, Na Hoku Mai Kanoelani (Hawaiian) and the Sacramento Taiko Dan. There will also be Martial Arts demonstrations. All this takes place in our Social Hall along with a variety of Japanese crafts for sale and displays. 

Tours of the Temple as well as traditional Japanese dancing will be featured. 

Food is always one of the mainstays of the bazaar takes place both inside as well as outside featuring the always favorite teriyaki chicken, traditional sushi and hot Udon noodles. Other delights include tempura BBQ oyster and Shaved Ice. We also feature baked goodies and refreshments from soda and water to beer will be served. Our renowned Asia dogs make a return as well as Spam musubi and other  Japanese goodies.  

There’ll be games for kids and adults alike in the carnival area and the popular plant sale will be on hand as well as the famous raffle for prizes.

Admission is free.

For more information, please contact the Stockton Buddhist Temple office at 209.466.6701. Proceeds will benefit the Church community events. 

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