“Bazaar – At Home Edition” 2021
August 14, Noon-5 pm on Facebook

Internal Event
Bentos are sold out

You can tune in to the program any time during the five-hour period. The schedule and updates will be posted here on the church’s website and on our Facebook page. 

Click here to watch the live event on Facebook 

Click here to order commemorative merchandise or make a donation.

As of July 16, Bentos are sold out. Thank you for your support.

Last year, for the first time since its inaugural event in 1947, the Buddhist Church of Sacramento’s Annual Japanese Food and Cultural Bazaar was canceled due to the pandemic.

Despite not being to stage its two-day bazaar to the community as it had for 73 years, the temple organized a program online featuring a wide array of talent. This year, the 2021 online event is similar, with a variety of participants enlisted to commemorate the 75th bazaar.

Some of what you’ll see (complete list on attachment)

  • The East Wind Band, a regular favorite of past bazaars
  • Temple members (all professional artists) showcasing their musical talents–Merv Maruyama, Alexi Ishida and Kendyl Ito
  • The Sacramento Taiko Dan Youth Group
  • Stories about local businesses affiliated with the temple–Kiyo’s Florist, North American Food Distributing, Osaka-Ya, and the Asian Community Center
  • Cultural and cooking demonstrations
  • Get to know our resident minister Rev. Matt Hamasaki
  • Interviews with temple members
  • “Where Are They Now” stories of our former students who have embarked on successful careers

Once again, the on-air co-hosts are temple members Koichi Mizushima and former local TV news anchor Sharon Ito.

Commemorative t-shirts, aprons, hoodies, reusable insulated grocery bags and sticker sets with this year’s Bazaar logo available for ordering from July 1 through August 22; pick-up and ship dates estimated between September 18-October 2.
See attachments.

Merchandise can be ordered online at the Betsuin’s website at www.buddhistchurch.org

The temple welcomes your donations. Donating to the telethon is easily accomplished using one of these methods:

1) Mail a check or money order to the Buddhist Church of Sacramento, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95818

2) Call in during the live program (916-446-0121) and contribute using your credit card

3) Pay online using the DONATE button on the church’s website www.buddhistchurch.org

Since 1947, the bazaar has grown to be one of the largest Japanese cultural events in the Sacramento region, featuring a variety of food, cultural exhibits and demonstrations, and games for the kids. 

Last year’s global pandemic caused a situation that made the temple pivot and repurpose the bazaar, the major fundraiser of the year. Proceeds support the many programs and activities offered at the church and fund general operating expenses.