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2023 - 77th Annual Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar Event (Japanese Food) Buddhist Church of Sacramento (1 Day) NEW

2023 - 77th Annual Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar Event (Japanese Food) Buddhist Church of Sacramento (1 Day)
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Date: Saturday, 12 August, 2023       Time: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Buddhist Church of Sacramento
2401 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 446-0121
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Map of Buddhist Church of Sacramento, 2401 Riverside Blvd.

Annual Japanese Food and Cultural Bazaar returns as a one-day event on Saturday from noon to 8:00 pm. Please help spread the word that we are back for in-person Bazaar. This event relies on volunteers from the Sangha and friends so stay tuned for opportunities to volunteer your time for setup, for Bazaar day, and for clean up after the event. Bazaar is only possible with the helping hands of many.

Event Date (1 Day)
Sept 12, 2023, Saturday

Event Time
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm






Annual Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar (Two-Day Festival) Annual Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar
Our Annual Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar is always held on the 2nd FULL WEEKEND of August. Each year, this event is a huge success and the funds raised go to support our temple activities all year long. The words “Thank You” are not enough to express our gratitude to the Greater Sacramento community for their patronage over the past 70 years. It is through the continued support of our families, friends and visitors, as well as hundreds of dedicated volunteers, that enable us to keep this longstanding tradition alive as a highlight of the summer!

Background of Festival
1947 marked the beginning of the Buddhist Church of Sacramento Bazaar, as the Japanese rebuilt their community following their forced evacuation from the West Coast by Executive Order during World War II. The Bazaar was primarily a social festival where church members and the local Sacramento Japanese and Japanese-American community shared good food, great memories and lasting friendships. In later years, the Bazaar was expanded to include Japanese cultural exhibits and demonstrations such as flower arranging (Ikebana), classical dancing (Odori), calligraphy, concerts, Taiko drum performances and more.

Hundreds of volunteers, ages 7 - 90, invest thousands of hours to bring the Bazaar to life. We are humbled that the Bazaar’s popularity has turned it into a major Sacramento community event. We gratefully welcome back annual attendees, and are thrilled to see brand new visitors, traveling from miles around, to join in the festivities each year. Proceeds from our Annual Bazaar support the Buddhist Church of Sacramento, as well as our affiliated organizations, such as Dharma School, Sakura Gakuen (language & cultural school), Adult & Youth Buddhist Associations, Sports Program, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Crew, the Betsuin Choir, and programs for seniors and families.

Facts and Figures of Festival
* One-and-a-half tons or 5,500 lbs. of short-grained rice are used. About 1,500 lbs. are cleaned, cooked and consumed in traditional Japanese cuisine, and the balance is used for game prizes.
* 3-3/4 tons or 7,500+ pounds of chicken seasoned and barbecued for chicken teriyaki.
* 1 ton or 2,000 pounds of charcoal used to cook teriyaki chicken.
* Two tons or 4,000 pounds of beef prepared for world famous teriyaki beef sandwiches and other dishes.
* 1,600 pounds of sugar and 100 pounds of salt used in preparation of various seasonings.
* 6 tons or 12,000 lbs. of ice used to keep fish sushi fresh, make refreshing snow cones and to cool drinks.
* 500 pounds of shrimp cooked for tempura.
* 500 pounds of noodles prepared for hot udon and cold somen dishes.
* 100 gallons of soy sauce used to create authentic marinades and other seasonings.
* We purchase over 15,000 canned and bottled beverages, including soda, water, beer, sake, tea, coffee and fruit drinks.
* More than 750 church members and friends volunteer to make the Bazaar run as smooth as a well-oiled machine.
* Estimated attendance for the two-day event is 25,000 to 35,000 people.

Festival Parking
Parking available at city lot underneath Highway 50 at 8th and X Street for a flat rate. Courtesy shuttle available or short 10 minute walk.


Obon Bon Odori is in July (Always second Saturday)
July 8, 2023 - Saturday at 7:30 pm - Bon Odori Dance Details
July 9, 2023 - Sunday at 9:30 am - Obon/Hatsubon Service

Note: The Obon is on a separate day from the 2-day Bazaar. 

Obon Practices: June. Time is usually 7:00-8:00 pm; practice on the last night runs a little longer.

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Bazaar Festival Event Location
Buddhist Church of Sacramento Obon Odori Festival, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA 9581

Bazaar Festival Event Title
Annual Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar - Buddhist Church of Sacramento (2 Day Festival)



Saturday, 12 August, 2023

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