Enmanji Temple Celebrates 86 Years in Sonoma County

  • Enmanji Buddhist Temple
    1200 Gravenstein Hwy, Sebastopol
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A two weekend event will celebrate the 86th anniversary of the Enmanji Temple in Sebastopol. Enjoy a taste of Japanese culture in Sebastopol starting with the 65th annual Enmanji Temple Teriyaki Barbeque and Bazaar on Sunday July 14th, following with the Obon Odori dance on Saturday July 20th. These are two separate events, both are FREE and celebrate the Japanese culture in Sonoma County.

Marking this year’s anniversary, the community is invited to Enmanji’s Teriyaki Bazaar Sunday, July 14, serving barbecued teriyaki chicken dinner plate (hot or cold) and otherJapanese delicacies including made-to-order imagawa yaki a small stuffed pancakewith a sweetened red bean filling and locally made desserts. During the barbecue & bazaar on Sunday July 14th, the day will be filled with cultural activities featuring an elaborate bonsai display presented by the Redwood Empire Bonsai Society, extensive outdoor plant sale, Ikebana flower arranging demonstration & sale, games for the kids, handicrafts & homemade jams, jellies and even delicious salted pickled plums. For entertainment for the adults-- bingo & raffle drawing with a top prize of $1000 cash and collectible autographed items from San Francisco Giants, just to name a few.

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.

Community dance will take place on the temple grounds. Dance practices will be held Tuesday-Friday July 16-19 from 7-9PM in the community hall. Cultural attire is welcome at the Obon Odori dance.