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Teriyaki Chicken Bento Box Lunch/Contributed by Mari Haworth
Teriyaki Chicken Bento Box Lunch/Contributed by Mari Haworth

For more than 20 years members of The Spokane Buddhist Temple have made Bento Boxes, a traditional Japanese dish, as part of Spokane Japanese Week.

On Sunday during Haru Matsuri, or the Spring Food Festival, the temple will sell the boxes for $12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Mari Haworth, a member of the temple, said it takes 25 volunteers and two days to prepare the boxes, which includes chicken, rice, Miso soup, Japanese cabbage and Tsukemono (pickeled cabbage).

Last year the temple sold out of boxes by noon, so pre-orders are encouraged. Boxes can be ordered online or by calling (509) 534-7954.

Handmade Senbei, or Japanese crackers, will also be sold during the Spring Food Festival, for $4. Other menu items are Futomaki (sushi) rolls ($8), inari (four for $5), California rolls ($7) and a Futomaki/Inari combo ($7).

Tours of the temple will also be given.

Haworth said the festival is a fundraiser for the temple, which is run entirely by volunteers. 

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of FāVS.News, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.

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