A Fall Food and Craft Bazaar will take place this Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 11 am to 4 pm at the Tacoma Buddhist Temple located at 1717 South Fawcett Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402. According to Debby Abe, a temple member, the purpose of the bazaar is, “to raise money for the temple and to carry on the tradition of this great community event.”
There is free admission, however the following Japanese food items will be available for sale: rice curry, udon noodles, teriyaki chicken, sushi, mochi, pastries, kebabs, chow mein, spam musabi (a little rice cake with no vinegar mix that sushi has in it with white rice and a piece of spam with seaweed wrapped around it), pie, bottled water, and soda.
There will be original sumi-e ink paintings and pottery by local artists for sale. A rummage, craft, fresh vegetable, and bake sale will also take place. Debby commented: “What’s interesting is that people from the temple bring their old stuff and it’s mostly Japanese items including: Japanese dolls, cookware, dishes, teapots, pictures, etc. Not all items are Japanese, but many are.”
Debby commented on what she thought of the bazaar, “It’s a really fun event for the community, including a lot of people in the surrounding areas of the community that are not necessarily temple members that attend. It’s also a chance to eat really good Japanese food.” When asked the best thing about the bazaar, Debby replied, “Seeing so many people from the community coming out to support the temple and being able to enjoy a good meal, and all the temple members working together to put on this popular event.”
Debby shared what many people may not know about the Tacoma Buddhist Temple, “Our minister, Reverend Kojo Kakihara is from a family of multiple generations of Buddhist ministers in Japan. His home temple is called Eisho-ji, and has a 500-year history. There are photos on the Tacoma Buddhist website of Reverend Kojo Kakihara and his wife at their wedding ceremony wearing traditional kimonos; there are some really interesting pictures at: http://www.tacomabt.org/?page_id=132
When asked how this bazaar was unique compared to other church events, Debby replied, “It’s a chance to meet people from a Japanese American community and experience a little bit of the Japanese American culture because most of the people are of Japanese American descent. We welcome everyone; there are not many places in Tacoma where the focus would be on American Japanese food and culture.” Debby recommends families to attend the bazaar, “Because the food is really good and moderately priced. It would appeal to all ages and the atmosphere is really friendly; a lot of married people would go to. I think most visitors are impressed with how friendly everyone is; both the guests and the church members are in a good mood. It’s just a fun way to spend an hour or two among the family crowd and getting to experience the culture you’re not familiar with.”
For more information about the Tacoma Buddhist Temple, please visit: www.tacomabt.org or call: 253 627-1417.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com