5/1 — Centenary Arigato Bazaar

May 1 — Centenary United Methodist Church invites all to its annual “Arigato Bazaar” on Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 300 S. Central Avenue in Little Tokyo.  Validated parking is available at the 420 East 3rd Street Medical Building in Little Tokyo.  The parking entrance is on Boyd Street.  There will be shuttle service between the church and parking.

This year’s Arigato Bazaar will feature a variety of delicious food including chicken teriyaki, sushi, tamales, beef bowl, Chinese chicken salad, strawberry shortcake and spring rolls; a country store, fresh produce, plants, games for children, valuable door prizes and a silent auction.  A special Opportunity Drawing will be held with the first prize of a $1,000 cash award, 2nd prize is a $500 cash award and 3rd prize is a $250 cash award.”

The popular cookbook Centenary Favorites, 2nd edition, will be available.  There is a special section on Japanese holiday feasts and over 200 new and nutritious recipes using tofu, turkey, and fish, etc.  “The book is a wonderful gift for both novice and experienced chefs.  The recipes are easy to follow and bring back memories of the Issei preparing special dishes for the family,” said editor, Carolyn Tokunaga.

Chikara Daiko will open the festivities at 10:00 a.m. Other live entertainment include:  Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu giving a Karate demonstration; Chikara Daiko and Bombu Taiko will perform Japanese drumming; Japanese dancing will be performed by Wakayagi-ryu, Wakahisa-kai; and Centenary’s combined Praise Band and Youth Praise Band will lift their voices. Returning to this year’s lineup will be the musical group, Upright Hearts featuring Mika Matsumoto.  Japanese flower arrangements by students of Master Instructor, Mrs. Hisako Shohara of the Ohara-ryu will be on display in the Centenary Café.

For more information, call Centenary Church at (213) 617-9097, or email: [email protected]