“Bazaar – At Home Edition” 2021
August 14, Noon-5 pm on Facebook
On Saturday, August 14, 2021, the Buddhist Church of Sacramento is hosting a live-streamed telethon event, “Bazaar – At Home Edition,” from Noon-5:00 pm.
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
- 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 will be available for ordering from July 1 through August 22; pick-up and ship dates estimated between September 18-October 2.
For those of you who miss our savory Bazaar food, a bento meal is available for $20 consisting of sesame chicken, teriyaki beef, korokke, gyoza, edamame, rice, and California roll. The bento is only available online, pre-sold starting July 1 until sold out. Pickup at the church will be on Sunday, August 22, from 1 to 5 pm on an hourly schedule.
The bento and 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.