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PABT Hosts Good CARma Car, Bonsai Show

Where were you on Saturday, Sept. 23? Hopefully, you were one of the hundreds in the parking lot at the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple (PABT) enjoying the sun and having fun at the Good CARma car and bonsai show.  

It was another successful temple fundraiser organized by PABT President Eric Quock and fellow board member and longtime Obon chair Shiz Kobara.  

The show was a perfect blend of two different subcultures, car lovers and bonsai lovers. The Akebono Bonsai Club attracted many with their beautiful displays, sales, raffle and demonstration.  

Car lovers from across the Bay Area preregistered and participated by driving their treasures to park alongside their friends and made new friends as all had their own car story to share.  

There were bonsai that were 100-plus years old, along with a 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster as well as a new 2023 full-electric Genesis GV60 owned by Paul Yonemura.  

We had brand new Toyotas, Volvo and a 2023 McClaren Artura courtesy of Toyota Sunnyvale and the Price Family Dealerships for everyone to see and enjoy.  

We were all entertained by a spectacular taiko performance by Taiko SOBA and the wonderful sounds of live music from our house band “Bad Karma.”  Both generous groups also perform at our Obon each year and we are all very grateful. 

With the help of many including the Jr. YBA who managed the beverage booth and sold hot dogs and sausages along with deliciously refreshing Hawaiian-style shave ice courtesy of the Tad Kuwano family.  

There was a magnificent food team that prepared a wonderful teriyaki tri-tip sandwich box that included crunchy tater tots. We sold out and distributed over 200 lunches. 

Grandma’s Treasures, which is run by our BWA, was open for sales and we also concluded our summer raffle temple fundraiser by drawing the winning tickets for cash prizes. It turned out to be a busy but marvelous event.

Good CARma attracted not only members and other temple supporters, but the community as well and many participants traveled good distances to show their car. We had many spectators from the area who simply came to enjoy the ambiance. 

The show has become a way to showcase our wonderful temple and share the love of bonsai and cars. Do not miss out next year and mark your calendar now for Saturday, Sept. 21, 2024. The show usually runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p,m.  Come for a little good karma and experience PABT’s Good CARma.




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