|Children's taiko drum performance at the Paia Mantokuji Mission March 18th.|
The taiko drums are bigger than the children.
I don't have a burning reason to go to the spring bazaar hosted by the Paia Mantokuji Mission, (like I really need more stuff?) but I like to go to their bazaars, which are, if memory serves right, held in the spring and fall around the equinox. It's a community event and I get to run into people I know. This past spring bazaar was held on March 18th. The Paia Mission also hosts a kick-butt Bon Dance, although maybe that's not the most judicious choice of words, in July. It is a pretty cool event. Although I'm not a member, maybe they'll let me buy a lantern to honor my mom's passing earlier this year.
The spring bazaar starts at 7 am and winds up by 10:30 am. The food goes quickly, and often, so does the produce, which usually includes locally grown head cabbage, daikon radish, romaine and green leaf lettuce, and Napa cabbage. I remember one time I bought a large bag of ginger, maybe 2 lbs, and turned around and DH had also bought a large bag of ginger. Oops. I spent the next week making an insane amount of candied ginger, using agave nectar instead of sugar.
The bazaar is a great place to try some lesser known Japanese foods and some local favorites, like boiled peanuts (just like in Georgia or Florida) and Portuguese sweet bread. There's a rummage sale (of course), plant sale, and crafts sale, all with an island touch.
|Shiso rice, using shiso (perilla) leaves, mushrooms, and green peas.|
Perilla leaves are also used in Korean food.
|Takuan, Japanese pickled daikon radish, an intensely bright yellow-orange color. I've heard that when takuan is being made, everyone in the neighborhood can smell it. I don't know if this is true.|
|Not a Japanese item: Ho'olawa Sweet Bread, which is of Portuguese descent. Next to this are manju, although hard to see - like little round pastries usually stuffed with sweet lima beans or azuki beans.|
|Handmade items at the bazaar - cozies, rugs, dish scrubbers - |
the stuff that a Japanese grandma would make.
|The rummage sale - there may be some interesting Japanese items. Clothing is very inexpensive, like 50 cents apiece. Volunteers wearing over-the-head aprons help fold clothes and keep the place neat.|