2017 79th Annual Ginza Bazaar & 86th Annual Bon Odori
Saturday, July 22 & Sunday, July 23
“Open Hearts, Open Minds: Compassion, Wisdom, Gratitude” is the theme for the Buddhist Church of San Francisco’s 79th Ginza Bazaar/86th Bon Odori Street Dance Festival, July 22-23, 2017. It reflects what is needed today. From the teachings of the Buddha, kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity are the Primal Vow of Unconditional Love. We ask for your continued support for this special weekend that will bring over a thousand visitors and many newcomers to our Japantown community to share that compassion, wisdom and gratitude. It is our most popular and festive fundraising community event of the year.
We are currently seeking event sponsors as well as the donation of certificates and new merchandise which will benefit our silent auction, raffle, and Bingo events. Funds raised over the weekend will help further the temple’s mission of providing service and refuge to those who seek it in a nonjudgmental and inclusive open door policy as well as much needed capital improvement projects.
For 79-years, the Bazaar has become an annual tradition in San Francisco Japantown. The Bazaar features the delicious Japanese food prepared by our sangha, cultural art performances and demonstrations such as taiko, martial arts, awa-odori dances, ikebana demos, Japanese-American book readings and shopping opportunities at our Silent Auction & BWA Boutique featuring handmade Japanese arts & crafts, books. All this and more!
The weekend culminates with the Bon Odori street dancing on Sunday, July 23, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. We welcome the SF community to join our sangha in dance, to reflect a sense of appreciation for the perseverance of our predecessors in the past, and to take responsibility for our actions in the present for the well-being of others and future generations.
Please contact our office at 415-776-3158 on weekdays between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support of the temple.