Seaside, CA 93955
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2022 Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Obon Festival has been cancelled this year.
We hope to see everyone at the Obon Festival in 2023.
Please stay home, stay safe, and stay healthy in these times.
PRVIOUS OBON FESTIVAL EVENT
The Buddhist Temple of the Monterey Peninsula hosts the annual Obon Festival Event. Featured at the Festival are Japanese foods, entertainment, ikebana and bonsai exhibits, games for children, and Japanese goods and crafts for sale. Food choices include tempura prepared by chefs from local Japanese restaurants, sushi, beef teriyaki, chicken teriyaki, udon, and gyoza. Day-long entertainment features martial arts demonstrations, tea ceremony, and Taiko drumming.
Later in the afternoon, the colorful Obon Odori, or community Japanese folk dancing, takes place. The day wraps up with the grand prize raffle drawing. The Obon Festival is a free event, donations accepted. Parking is available across the street from the Temple.
Background of Obon Festival Event
The Obon festival is a Buddhist tradition to celebrate, remember and express gratitude to all family members who have died. The Obon festival has been celebrated in Japan since 657 AD. The first Obon in the United States was held in Hawaii in 1910; festivals on the mainland began about 20 years later.
The first Monterey Obon Festival was held on August 25, 1947 at the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Hall in Monterey, home to the Temple then. In 1963, the event was moved to the Monterey County Fairgrounds where it was held for 30 years. The Obon Festival returned to the Temple, now in Seaside, in 1993. 3,000 to 5,000 people from across the Monterey Peninsula and beyond attend each year.
Want to Volunteer for the Obon Festival
Contact Kristen Yamamoto at [email protected] or call (831) 951-7534.
Shinsho Mugen Daiko of Monterey (Taiko) will perform during the opening ceremonies at noon and at 3:00 pm.
Obon Festival Event Date
July 14, 2019 - Sunday Only
Obon Festival Event Time
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3:00 - 3:30 pm
Bon Odori Dance Time
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Start of dance
Across the street from the Temple
Schedule of Events - Obon Festival
Obon Dance Practice Dates
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at the Temple Social Hall
Bon odori practice starts June 4 - Tuesdays and Thursdays through June
Days: 06/04/2019, 06/06/2019, 06/11/2019, 06/13/2019, 06/18/2019, 06/20/2019, 06/25/2019, 06/27/2019
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Celebrate the Japanese Culture food, performances and dancing.
(Please always confirm date & times, the schedule could change)
Obon Festival Event Location
Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple, 1155 Noche Buena St., Seaside, CA 93955
Obon Festival Event Title
2019 Monterey Peninsula Buddhist 73rd Annual Temple Obon Festival Event (Sunday) Bon Odori, Japanese Food, Entertainment, Ikebana Exhibits, Games, Crafts..
Sunday, 9 July, 2023
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