July 3, 2012 > Japanese Bazaar
Get your cultural infusion by attending the annual Japanese Bazaar hosted by the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church in Union City.
Celebrating their 50th year, the event was begun as a fundraiser for the church and a way to provide a social outlet and introduction to the community. It has since grown into a long-standing tradition that reflects Japanese culture, offering two days of entertainment, games, shopping, and great food.
Martial arts, dancing, Japanese drums, and singing will be part of the entertainment, as well as Bonsai and Ikebana exhibits.
Tote bags, aprons, folded birds, and other handmade craft items in Asian and Hawaiian patterns can be found in the Women's Auxiliary boutique.
A bookstore will offer Buddhist books and kids' stories, as well as information on the religion; attendees can learn more from "dharma talks," which explain Buddhist teachings and practices.
For a minimal cost, kids can purchase a ticket for games such as nickel pitch, bingo, fish pond, and demon smash, receiving card punches for each game completed, which can then be turned in at the prize booth for a special treat.
Traditional and American tastes will both be satisfied by an array of food including gyoza, udon, sushi, and manju, as well as chicken teriyaki, teriyaki burgers, corn-on-the-cob, and ice cream. There will also be a takeout area for those who just want to stop by and get some great food to take home.
Experience another culture without straying far from home and see what delights you discover!
Saturday, July 7: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 8: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church
32975 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City