Members of Michiya Hanayagi’s Japanese classical dance group participating in BCSF’s Bon Odori. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)
SAN FRANCISCO — Buddhist Church of San Francisco, 1881 Pine St. in San Francisco, will present the 78th Ginza Bazaar and Bon Odori on Saturday, July 23, from 1 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bon Odori will be held on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in the dancing.
The food court will offer Spam musubi, hibachi tofu, Daruma dogs, BCSF’s famous chicken, barbecue shortribs, beef curry, chirashi, inari and makizushi, plus sake, Okinawan beer.
The bazaar will also feature a photo booth, Buddhist Women Association’s white elephant boutique, bingo, performances by Jiten Daiko, BCSF Kids Taiko and GenRyu Arts Taiko, ikebana, an acupressure booth, Buddhist Bookstore, arts and crafts, games for kids, a silent auction and a raffle.
Nearby parking is available at Japan Center Garage, Post and Webster streets (entrances on Post and Geary streets).
For more information, call (415) 776-3158 or visit www.bcsfweb.org.
Schedule of events:
Saturday, July 23
12:30 p.m.: Opening ceremony and performance on Octavia Street featuring GenRyu Arts Taiko with Melody Takata, founder.
12:45 p.m.: Opening service on Octavia Street with Rev. Ronald Kobata, resident minister, BCSF.
1 p.m.: Ginza Bazaar officially opens. BCSF Gym — Japanese food concessions, bingo, silent auction, BWA Boutique, BCSF Ministers Corner, bookstore; Stuart Hall Courtyard — Cultural presentations and performances; Stuart Hall Downstairs Cafeteria — Children’s games and booths.
1 to 4 p.m.: Asian American Donor Program (seeking bone marrow donors) in Stuart Hall Courtyard.
1:30 to 2 p.m.: Bon Odori practice (last chance to learn the dances) on Octavia Street with Tara Mochizuki and Hanako Fujimoto Sensei.
2 to 2:30 p.m.: BCSF Hondo tour with Rev. Kobata. Gather at temple entrance at the corner of Pine and Octavia.
2:30 to 3 p.m.: Ke ‘Olu Makini O Mauna Loa San Francisco Hula Halau with Erika Tamura on Octavia Street.
3 to 3:30 p.m.: San Francisco Kendo Dojo demonstration with David Nakanishi in Stuart Hall Downstairs Cafeteria.
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Ikebana demonstration by Nobu Kurashige Sensei in Stuart Hall Courtyard.
3:30 to 5 p.m.: Acupressure booth in BCSF Gym-Boy Scouts Room.
5 to 5:30 p.m.: BCSF Hondo tour with Rev. Kobata.
5:30 to 5:45 p.m.: Super Bingo in BCSF Gym.
Sunday, July 24
11 a.m.: Ginza Bazaar reopens. BCSF Gym — Japanese food concessions, silent auction, BWA Boutique, BCSF Ministers Corner, bookstore; Stuart Hall Courtyard — Cultural presentations and performances; Stuart Hall Downstairs Cafeteria — Children’s games and booths.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Calligraffiti with Keisuke Miyaki Sensei in Stuart Hall Downstairs Cafeteria.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Photo booth in Stuart Hall Downstairs Cafeteria; Ming Studios.
12 to 5 pm.: Acupressure booth in BCSF Gym-Boy Scouts Room.
12:30 p.m.: BCSF Kids Taiko with Galen Rogers, director, on Octavia Street.
1 to 3 p.m.: Bon Odori with Tara Mochizuki and Hanako Fujimoto, Ensohza Japanese Folk Music Ensemble on Octavia Street; Asian American Donor Program in Stuart Hall Courtyard.
2 to 2:15 p.m.: Jiten Daiko with Galen Rogers, director, on Octavia Street.
4 to 4:30 p.m.: BCSF Hondo tour with Rev. Kobata.
5 p.m.: Silent auction and kids’ games close.
5 to 6 p.m.: Super Bingo in BCSF Gym.
5:30 p.m.: BCSF and BWA raffles in BCSF Gym.