Cultural and Food Bazaar/Obon Festival in Stockton

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STOCKTON — Buddhist Church of Stockton, 2820 Shimizu Dr. in Stockton, will hold its Cultural and Food Bazaar on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Obon dancing will take place Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. The full schedule of events is as follows:

Saturday, Aug. 2

All day: Ikebana exhibits by Ohara School in Mini Chapel area, bonsai exhibits in Social Hall, exhibit by Sacramento Japanese Sword Club

11 a.m.: Opening ceremony and performance by Stockton Bukkyo Taiko in front of the Chapel

12 p.m.: Performance by Kokusei Ryu Shigin; games begin

12:30 p.m.: Demonstration by Stockton Judo Club, led by instructor Jack Ferrill

1:30 p.m.: Chapel tour by Rev. Yukiko Motoyoshi, who will explain the meaning of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism

2 p.m.: Koto performance by Masazuka Kai of San Francisco

2:45 p.m.: Performance by Stockton Bukkyo Taiko

3:30 p.m.: Japanese classical dance by students of Bando Junjiro

4 p.m.: Demonstration by Sison Karate Do, led by instructor Lim Sison

4:30 p.m.: Minyo performance by Setsuko Babaoka and students

4:45 p.m.: Kendo demonstration by Anthony Cabral Sensei, 4th-degree instructo

5:30 p.m.: Performance by Escrima Bahalana Club (Filipino martial arts), led by Grand Master Tony Somera and Master Instructor Joel Juanitas

7 p.m.: Bon Odori — parade of kimono-clad dancers in the Courtyard

Sunday, Aug. 3

All day: Ikebana exhibits in Mini Chapel area; bonsai exhibits in Social Hall; display of Mataro dolls, a type of Japanese kimekomi doll-making, by instructor Isako Wasano in Social Hall

11 a.m.: Food Bazaar begins. Dishes include tempura, chicken teriyaki, kushiyaki, Spam musubi, udon, sushi, curry rice, pastries, plus snacks and drinks from Sakura Japanese Groceries and Gifts.

11:45 a.m.: Ukulele Strummers of Stockton in the Courtyard

12 p.m.: Games begin

12:30 p.m. Performance by Sacramento Taiko Dan

1:30 p.m.: Performance of multi-style escrima led by Maestro Dexter Labonog and Head Instructor June Gotico; School of Omotesenke chanoyu (tea ceremony) demonstration with audience participation in Dharma School Classroom 3

2 p.m.: Cortez Karaoke Singers, directed by Suzumi Stewart

2:30 p.m.: Kendo demonstration by Anthony Carbal Sensei

3 p.m.: Chapel tour by Rev. Yukiko Motoyoshi

3:30 p.m.: Chanoyu demonstration in Dharma School Classroom 3; demonstration by New School Aikido, led by Sensei John Smartt

4 p.m.: Hawaiian/Polynesian entertainment by Na Hoku Mai Kanoelani

4:30 p.m.: Bonsai demonstration by Sam Adina of Stockton

6 p.m.: Raffle drawing in Gym. Prizes include $2,000 cash, DVD home theater system, DVD player, 10 cash prizes at $100 each, nine cash prizes at $50 each. $1 per ticket. Need not be present to win.

Free admission and parking. For more information, call (209) 466-6701, email [email protected] or go online to http://stocktonbuddhisttemple.org.

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