The Enmanji Temple celebrates 84 Years in Sonoma County! Marking this year’s anniversary, the community is invited to Enmanji’s 63rd Annual Teriyaki Bazaar - serving barbecued teriyaki chicken lunch (hot or cold), and other Japanese delicacies including made-to-order imagawa yaki resembling a small stuffed pancake with a sweeten red bean filling, kushi yaki and locally made desserts. Teriyaki, Ikebana, Bonsai, Taiko, Plant Sale and so much more! Enjoy a Taste of Japanese Culture in Sebastopol
BBQ TERIYAKI CHICKEN
Enmanji Temple members were the first in the Bay Area to feature a chicken teriyaki barbecue as a way to share their Japanese heritage with their surrounding neighbors and act as a community fundraiser. Marinating and barbecuing chicken seems quite ordinary now, but sixty-three years ago it was quite unique to the general public, perhaps its close proximity to Petaluma, the chicken capital of the world, prompted this regional food event.
Enmanji’ is noted as the “grandfather of teriyaki barbeques” among the Japanese communities. Today, Buddhist temple’s throughout the Bay Area host cultural summer festival that features teriyaki chicken among other cultural delights to eat, see and participate.
During the barbecue and bazaar, the day is filled with cultural activities featuring an elaborate bonsai display presented by the Redwood Empire Bonsai Society, extensive outdoor plant sale, Ikebana flower arranging demonstration and sale, games for the kids, handicrafts & homemade jams, jellies and delicious salted pickled plums, and for the adults-- bingo and raffle drawing with a top prize of $1000 cash and collectible autographed items from San Francisco Giants, just to name a few.
Inside the community hall & temple, visitors can enjoy oral history presented by the Sonoma County JACL including Internment Camp displays & oral history discussions and Temple tours. On stage, under the shade cloth, will feature continuous performances beginning at 11AM including DeLeon Judo Club martial arts presentation, musical performances to include Hachijo Daiko followed by Taiko performances by Sonoma County Taiko & Ten Ten Taiko, and traditional Japanese folk music from Ensozha Minyoshu.
Proceeds from the Teriyaki Bazaar will support the local Enmanji Buddhist Temple and community activities. The Teriyaki Chicken plate features half of a chicken, steamed white rice, homemade potato salad, tea and fortune cookie all for $13.
If you do not want to stand in-line for a hot lunch, members have created a drive up pick-up window opening at 8AM. You can enter the temple groundsfrom Elphick Rd. and turn right into the parking lot. Pick-up Cold Box Lunches begins at 8AM!
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