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July 2, 2013 > Japanese Bazaar

Japanese Bazaar

By Isabella Ohlmeyer
Photos By courtesy of Larry Gissible

Although the 1960s was a period of turmoil in the United States, that decade was one of high literacy and successful competition in automobile and electronics manufacturing in Japan. During this time - 1962 - the "Japanese Bazaar" festival in Union City was first introduced by Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church (SACBC) as a fundraising festival for the local Japanese community to share ethnic food and traditions with nearby communities.

Japan, "Land of the Rising Sun," is known for exacting and stylized rituals of daily life and communication. Amidst these complex traditions, enterprising businesses have emerged to successfully compete in the world market. Embracing a mix of modern and traditional lifestyles, this ancient and highly structured culture, has evolved to offer a variety of iconic images to the rest of the world including sushi, sake, sumo, samurai, geishas, bonsai, karate, kabuki, and Zen.

To experience the beauty and cadence of Japan without the time and expense of long distance travel, SACBC Bazaar offers an authentic serving of these Pacific Rim islands on Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7. Visitors can get into the mood by having their name inscribed in Japanese at the Buddhist Church Bookstore and browse through unique crafts, while listening to the powerful rhythms of Taiko drummers. For those interested in learning about the Buddhist religion, Reverend Carol Himaka will give an informative mini lecture at 3 p.m. each day of the event.

Kids are welcome to try their skill at a variety of games including Demon Smash, Koi Pond, Nickel Pitch, Bingo and much more. When

During an informative and playful day at the "Japanese Bazaar," people are likely to develop an appitite and will not be disappointed by offerings at both American and Japanese food booths. American food includes teriyaki burgers, corn-on-the-cob, and broiled salmon, while Japanese tastes include gyoza, chicken teriyaki, udon, sushi, manju and more.

Japanese Bazaar
Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church
32975 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City
(510) 471-2581
Free Admission

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