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July 8, 2009 > It's a Bazaar affair

It's a Bazaar affair

By William Marshak

Konnichi wa [Hello]. A trip across the Pacific Ocean is within reach for everyone this weekend. No plane trip or entry fee is required for a peek at the island of Japan. Courtesy of the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church in Union City, Taiko Drums will send their unique sounds reverberating around church grounds in contrast to delicate and intricate displays of Bonsai plant cultivation.

Visitors are encouraged to stop by the calligraphy booth to announce their name followed by the phrase "to mooshimasu" and watch as their name is inscribed in Japanese. Remember to thank the artist by saying "Domo arigato." For those interested in learning more about Buddhism, Reverend Dr. Taniguchi will give a "mini-lecture" overview of the religion on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. A boutique and bookstore will also be open for those who enjoy browsing.

The Japanese Bazaar is not restricted to intellectual and artistic pursuits. Games of Demon Smash, Duck Pond, Bingo, Nickel Pitch and much more spell FUN along with plenty of food - American and Japanese. Satisfaction is guaranteed for all members of the family when looking for lunch or a snack. Offerings include hot dogs, Teriyaki burgers, corn-on-the-cob, chicken Teriyaki, gyoza, udou, sushi, manju and much more.

A raffle drawing will be held on Sunday at 7 p.m. but there is no need to be present - winners will be notified. Organizers promise that when visitors to the Bazaar are ready to say "Sayounara," they will be happy, satisfied and prepared to return next year. After hours of fun, they will understand the hospitable nature and joy of this celebration and may hear a whispered "Odaijini" [Take care of yourself] as they mark their calendar for next year's Japanese Bazaar.

Japanese Bazaar
Saturday & Sunday, July 11-12
11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Sat)
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Sun)
Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church
32975 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City
(510) 471-2581

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