262. Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Bazaar, a Report

Yasuji Murakami and Wall Hangings for Sale. Copyright ©2012 P. Anne Winter

P. Anne Winter writes about this recent JCCC event

As I’ve known from previous bazaars, this one earlier this month started with a line-up that went around the building. Everyone waited there with much excitement and laughter until the doors opened. One elderly man entertained us with “White Cliffs of Dover” on his harmonica. It felt very bizarre and very Toronto.

The bazaar’s reputation for offering superb bargains did not disappoint. Among other goodies I bought was a new Obi sash for my summer Yukata. I also fell for a beautiful orange cotton hanging with some very dramatic black characters that have yet to be deciphered.

A huge area was devoted to Noritaki dinnerware. Many buyers lined up just to get near enough to grab something. One room had only Japanese CD’s, DVD’s and literature. Other rooms had exquisite wrapping paper as well as second hand but well cared for Kimonos and Haori jackets. A whole room was devoted to electronic entertainment equipment.

Mrs.Murakami and Obi Sashes. Copyright ©2012 P. Anne Winter

Of course the food was very popular. Even though the main hall was devoted to different Japanese food stalls, there were line-ups. Looking very appetizing were unique buns stuffed with different fillings, various types of bento boxes, and of course delicious sushi.

My friends the Murakami’s bring in an amazing array of goodies to sell at each festival. In the past I have purchased some very unusual items. What comes to mind is a beautiful glass Sake set and a box full of toothpicks. The toothpicks are so decorative it is impossible to know what they are without being told. Then there were the chop stick holders with delicate orange bows and sparkles.

I could see many smiling folks boasting about their finds while children enjoyed a special booth with games.

When I ate lunch with one of the volunteers, he said that this sale helps keep the Centre financially viable more than any other activity throughout the year.

What an exhilarating way to start the spring season!

 Please contact Anne at annesjapaneseblogs@gmail.com regarding other free or nearly free Japanese events in Toronto.

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