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2023 Annual Japanese Cultural Bazaar (Beer Garden, Lots' of Food, Taiko..) San Diego Buddhist Temple (Sun)
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Date: Sunday, 4 June, 2023       Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
San Diego - Buddhist Temple of San Diego
2929 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 239-0896
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Map of San Diego - Buddhist Temple of San Diego, 2929 Market Street

Annual Japanese Cultural Bazaar comes to Buddhist Temple of San Diego.  This year's theme is "Mixed Plate."  The hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.  The best part, besides food, is the raffle and the silent auction.  We are selling raffle tickets for $5 each or 6 for $25.  (You can purchase them in advance or on the day of the bazaar).

June 4, 2023 - Sunday

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Food Line-Up
Tacos, Sushi, chow mein, bakery, teriyaki chicken, Beer Garden, Silent Auction, Taiko, Exhibits

Food Options
- Baked Half Chicken, teriyaki honey glaze, and fixings - sells out first!
- Chow Mein with Pan-fried Noodles
- Mako’s Tacos (v)
- Angie’s Tacos
- Tofu Salsd (v)
- Bakery goods, including homemade delectables.
- Snack Shack, drinks and more
- Vegetarian Friendly. See food items followed by a (v). Food selection subject to change.

Entertainment Events
Admission is free to the Bazaar and all our presentation:s for the Bazaar. When you come early you won’t miss anything you want to see, including performances of taiko (drums), shamisen and koto; Mexican folklorico and Japanese dancing; demonstrations of martial arts and ink-brush painting; and more. See below for our schedule.

11:45-12:15: Annex Hall: Buddhist Temple of San Diego Taiko. Japanese Big Drum Ensemble.

Matsumae Kai. Shamisen Ensemble, under the direction of Mrs. Monji. Japanese folk songs. The shamisen is a traditional three-stringed lute, resembling a banjo with a square body, played by strumming with a large plectrum.

Intro to Buddhism. With Minister’s Assistant. View our Buddhist worship area and altar for a discussion of the basics of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Followed by Q&A.

12:30-1:00 Outside: San Diego Taiko. Japanese Big Drum Ensemble.

1:15-1:45 Annex Hall: Kamishibai. Featuring Walter Ritter. Japanese-style itinerant storytelling.In old rural Japan, professional story tellers would travel from village to village. Hondo

Masazumi Kai. Koto Ensemble, under the direction of Mrs. Mizuno. The koto is a traditional stringed instrument, also known as “the Japanese Harp.” It is a longish flat instrument with 13 strings above a sounding board. Its unique sound enchants music lovers from around the world with its beautiful and serene sound. 

2:00-2:30: Edo Kotobuko Jishi. Shi Shi Mai or Lion Dance with live accompaniment by musicians playing taiko, yotobue, and atarigane (drums, Japanese flute, and gong).

2:45-3:15: ANNEX HALL: Ballet Folklorico. Featuring Andrea Covarrubias. Mexican folk dancing. HONDO

Sumi-E. Japanese ink painting. Featuring Wendy Nakamura.

3:15-3:45: ANNEX HALL: Shofukan Kendo Dojo. Under the direction of Tiffany Kao. Martial art using the katana, the traditional Japanese sword.

- Great Main Prizes
- Grand Prize, $1,000
- First Prize, Sycuan Caino & Resort for Two-Night Stay for Two, Meal for Two
- Second Prize, Opening Night Tickets, Tina: The Muscial

Many More Prizes
New and returning vendors have donated a wealth of gift cards and other items, so don’t miss out! You can order tickets by calling the Temple or purchasing them at the door.

Door prizes are pulled at 12 noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Come early to improve your chances for all four drawings. Come early and be in the running for all four chances. Winners of door prizes remain in the drawing for all our other prizes. You must be present to claim a door prize; you do not have go be present to win and prizes from the main drawing, conducted at 4 p.m. after the Bazaar closes its other booths.

White Elephant
White Elephant Shop has fashion and handcrafted items along with other bargains.

This year, we have a large selection of designer purses, vintage jewelry, and Aloha-wear, plus cook books and crafting books, along with giftware, handcrafts, and a selection of craft supplies and tools. We don't have room to put everything out, so if there's something you are especially wanting, let us know in advance, and if we still have it, we'll put it out, or make arrangements for pre- or post-Bazaar sales and pick up. (Examples include knitting machines and accessories, and coned yarn for them!)

Silent Auction
This year only, our Silent Auction will be at a booth with 15-20 our our most desirable donations from vendors.

The reason for this iteration, smaller than we have done traditionally? Key Temple members are in Kyoto for most of May to attend a special observation. So while we are not sharing a large roomfull of Silent Auction items, we are doing a miniature version at an outdoor booth. We set aside a few of our most valuable donations for you to bid on.

Community Booths
We welcome a variety of booths for community partners to share information with our guests.

Children Games
Our Jr. YBA is providing games for kids (low-cost ntickets required) as in previous years. Every kid wins a little something at the games.

Obon Agani Asian Resale Shop
This year only, the shop has the entire Sangha Hall (this is the location of the Silent Auction in prior years) to display great bargains on new and gently used items from around Asia with an emphasis on Japanese things. We have clothing, ceramics, artwork, and more - all at rock-bottom prices. Find your one-of-a-kind souvenir here.

Note: Proceeds from the Bon Again Shop benefit the Temple’s Scholarship Fund. All other funds raised at the Bazaar go to the maintenance and upkeep of our physical plant.

Beer Garden
Featuring micro-brewery beer and sake from around California. Some selections include: Burning Beard Brewing Company, Creative Creature Brewing Company, Monkish Brewing Company, and Sake High! Craft Sake.

Bring your food and come enjoy some great libations! Must be 21+ to enter.

San Diego - Buddhist Temple of San Diego2929 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92102


Sunday, 4 June, 2023

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