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Bon Odori And Cultural Bazaar

STOCKTON — Stockton Buddhist Church presents its annual Bon Odori and Cultural Bazaar, Saturday, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Church grounds, located at 2820 Shimizu Drive in Stockton.

The event begins at 11 a.m. for both days kicking off on Saturday with the traditional Taiko performance. The two-day celebration features a variety of cultural demonstrations, arts and food. The public is invited to come out to participate, eat and enjoy the annual tradition.

Inside entertainment includes traditional dance and music. Other entertainment includes performances by Stockton Bukkyo Taiko, Hawaiian entertainment by the Ukulele Strummers of Stockton. Live music will be featured both days provided by The Phillip Baily band and Elima on Sunday.

Martial arts demonstrations by the local organizations including the Stockton Kendo club will take place in the Church Social Hall while traditional tea ceremony and tours of the temple. There will also be Japanese arts and crafts on display as well as for sale.

The Bon Odori Dance, is the highlight of opening Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Bon Odori, is the Buddhist event that marks a remembrance of one's ancestors. Members of the Church celebrate in traditional Japanese costume while performing traditional celebration dances including the use of fans, castanets as they celebrate remembrance of ancestors and loved ones who have left.

Food choices in the Social Hall abound. This includes our award winning teriyaki chicken along with traditional sushi, udon, curry rice and our fabulous dessert bar. Outside food booths will offer tasty delights including tempura, kushiyaki, BBQ oysters and Asia Dogs as well hamburgers and fresh corn on the cob. New this year will be a beer garden and beverage stations will be on hand.

There will be games featured on both days with a variety of kids’ games, Nevada club and Bingo.

Parking is free.

For more information, please contact the Stockton Buddhist Temple office at: 209-466-6701. Proceeds benefit the Church’s community events.