Enmanji Temple to honor anniversary July 14
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The Enmanji Temple in Sebastopol will celebrate its 79th anniversary on Sunday, July 14, with two weekend events, beginning with the 59th annual Teriyaki Barbeque and Bazaar. Those who attend can pick up cold box lunches beginning at 8 a.m. at 1200 Gravenstein Highway South.

The Teriyaki Bazaar features a barbecued teriyaki chicken lunch (hot or cold), and other Japanese delicacies including a sweet bean-filled pastry called imagawa yaki and locally made desserts. 

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 neighbors and as a community fundraiser.  Teriyaki was quite unique to the general public 59 years ago. Enmanji’s event is noted as the “grandfather of teriyaki barbecues” among the Japanese communities in the Bay Area.

Cultural highlights include an elaborate bonsai display presented by the Redwood Empire Bonsai Society, an extensive outdoor plant sale, Ikebana flower arranging demonstration and sale, games for the kids, handicrafts, raffle drawing with a top prize of $1,000 cash, bingo, cultural arts displays, martial arts demonstrations and two Taiko performances by Sonoma County Taiko.

Proceeds from the event  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 for $12.  Parking is free and the facility is wheelchair accessible. For details, call (707) 823-2252.

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