Community Kitchen: Obon Matsuri Celebration

Community Kitchen: Obon Matsuri Celebration

Sunday, June 26, 2022
3:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: the Center’s Issei Memorial Hall
$20 Center Members, $25 General Public
Register by Friday, June 24, 2022
Join us in kicking off our Summer edition Community Kitchen event! Community Kitchen is organized by volunteers to bring members of our community together to learn how to cook Japanese and Japanese American family recipes and to share a multi-generational communal dinner. Adapting our Baachan’s Kitchen program, started in 2016, Community Kitchen is open to all who want to enjoy and share Japanese home-style cooking while connecting with the community.

Each dinner consists of a menu determined in advance by the Community Kitchen volunteer committee, who then instruct and assist attendees in preparing the dishes on the menu. Participants of all ages and backgrounds are welcome! Just be ready to help in the preparation, cooking, and cleanup, but most of all, to have a great time!
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Presenting a menu of popular Japanese street food for this quarter’s Community Kitchen, we are excited to bring a slice of Obon Matsuri to you! Inspired by the booths that line the streets of Obon Matsuri, we’ll be making our own little community rendition of Japanese festival food!

Obon festivals are a Japanese Buddhist custom, organized and celebrated in the late summertime, to honor the spirits of our family, friends, and loved ones that have passed on. At Obon, “bon odori,” or Obon dances, are performed to welcome the spirits of the dead; some popular bon odori performed in the United States are “Kawachi Ondo”, “Tanko Bushi,” and “Tokyo Ondo,” all of which use instruments like “uchiwa,” fans, “tenugui,” small towels, and “kachi kachi,” wooden clappers. Popular foods that people enjoy at Obon Matsuri include things like yakisoba, takoyaki, yakitori, candied apples, taiyaki, and shaved ice, among other goodies. We hope you can join us in our community Obon Matsuri celebration!

June 2022 Community Kitchen Menu:

“Yakitori” Japanese Chicken Skewers

“Okonomiyaki” Japanese Savory Pancake Dish

“Sunomono Salad” Japanese Cucumber Salad

“Kakigori” Japanese Shaved Ice

“Taiyaki” Japanese fish-shaped cake stuffed with red bean


Jun 26 2022


3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Center


The Center
1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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