Over eating in Ontario

We are being well taken care of here in Ontario. After our performance in Mountain Home we drove into Ontario for a concert at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. This was my first time in Ontario and it turns out there is a very sizable Japanese American community here. I suppose it shouldn’t have surpassed me too much as Maz’ mother was born in the Minidoka internment camp which is near this area. The local buddhist temple has a taiko group and through a connection with them we were able to set up our performance and a place to stay for a few days! Before the performance they hosted a noodle bowl dinner which was fantastic.

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We then performed a very noodle powered concert for a well fed and enthusiastic audience. A huge thank you goes out to Matthew and Christina for their work in bringing us to their center and making the concert a success.

The next day we attended service at the Buddhist temple to say thank you for the hospitality and were invited to a post service potluck feast. We ate like kings then in true JA fashion were loaded up with more dessert than we can eat in a week by the kindly obasans. Then on top of that Revered Fujimoto and his wife Sharman cooked us a salmon stir fry feast for dinner and in true JA fashion we were loaded up with more take home stir fry that we can eat in a week.

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We are staying for another day in Ontario then will be headed to Dillon to continue the tour. A huge thank you goes out to Reverend Fujimoto, Sharman Fujimoto and the members of the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist temple for their amazing hospitality.

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4 Responses to “Over eating in Ontario”

  1. Laura says:

    A “Full Circle” back to Minidoka

  2. LindaT says:

    I will be attending your performance tomorrow on Sandpoint. My family saw you in Ontario and highly recommended I attend since I live in North Idaho. In fact, that’s my sister-in-law and niece in the picture above.

  3. LindaT says:

    Enjoyed the concert last night. Hope you enjoy the banana bread and the Bruttles(soft peanut brittle).

    I understand you and Maz are from Mt. Shasta, CA. I was wondering if you my friends Patty and Gregg Gunkel. Gregg was a teacher and principle at Mt. Shasta High School. He left for jobs in the Bay Area but has retired and returned to Mt. Shasta. He is now on the school board and coaching the ski team. Patty and I were together for our Med Tech internship at UC Davis Med Center many years ago. She worked in the lab at the hospital in Mt. Shasta. They have a son Bryce and a daughter Nicole.

    Thank you for sharing you music and best wishes for your future tours.

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