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2021 Toro Nagashi Festival in Celebration of Bon Odori (Live Taiko, Odori, Japanese Food, Floating Lanterns..) Saturday
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Date: Saturday, 7 August, 2021       Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Japanese Friendship Garden - Buddhist Temple of San Diego
2215 Pan American Rd E
San Diego, CA 92101

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Map of Japanese Friendship Garden - Buddhist Temple of San Diego , 2215 Pan American Rd E

Toro Nagashi Festival 2021 - In Celebration Of Obon
The Japanese Friendship Garden will celebrate our ancestors with a Toro Nagashi Festival in honor of the tradition of Bon Odori. The festival will be held on Saturday, August 7th from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. We welcome everyone to join our celebration!

All of the activities, vendors and performances will take place inside the garden’s gates. Bon Odori will not be performed in the Organ Pavilion this year, however we invite you to join us for Bon Dance performances inside the Inamori Pavilion. Guests can also enjoy Taiko Drummers and a Japanese chorus in addition to the various vendors who will be set-up throughout our 12 acre Japanese garden! Toro Nagashi (floating lanterns) will be held in the lower garden and DIY floating lanterns will be available for sale in the Inamori Pavilion. Want to pre-order your lantern? Scroll down to reserve your floating lantern today! 

Performacne Schedule
10:00 am: Garden & Booths Open
11:00 am: G-Moto
11:30 am: The Harmonies
12:30 pm: LA Jolla Taiko
02:00 pm: Toro Nagashi (Floating lanterns)
03:30 pm: Bon Dance
05:00 pm: Toro Nagashi (Floating lanterns) 

Event page: 

Bon Dance: 3:30pm
- limited number of people allowed
- masks and social distance required
- photos and videos to be posted on social media

Photos and footages of previously held Tanabata Festival can be seen here at my instagram.  I will be dancing at the same place and hope more people can experience Japanese summer tradition.   

Bon Dance Instagram:    

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Toro Nagashi: 2 pm & 5 pm
Planning on floating a lantern for the Toro Nagashi ceremony?

Toro Nagashi (floating lanterns) is a ceremony done in honor of those who have passed. The floating lanterns commemorate loved ones and wish them peace.

Guests will be able to float their candle-lit lanterns (LED candles) in the lower garden stream at 2PM or 5PM on Saturday, August 7th.

Starting at 10AM, lanterns can be purchased and decorated in the Inamori Pavilion. Guests may also pre-order a lantern and pick it up the day of the event. 

Purchase Tickets here  

Japanese Friendship Garden, 2215 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101  

2021 Toro Nagashi Festival in Celebration of Obon (Live Taiko, Odori, Japanese Food, Toro Naga, Floating Lanterns..)



Buddhist Temple of San Diego Obon Festival
outdoor festivities begin with music, cultural displays, food sales. Family and community are invited to celebrate OBON, the Buddhist holiday dedicated to expressing joy and gratitude for the gifts of life, heritage, and those we have taken for granted or forgotten. We dance out of sheer gratitude for the contributions of people who made possible life as we know it. Japanese food, snacks, gifts, books; a drawing to benefit the temples youth; and a rousing taiko performances. The unique OBON AGAIN RESALE SHOP offers new and vintage Japanese clothing, ceramics, gifts wares. Free, public welcome.

Scheduling Tips for the Day (2 Places To Go)

1) First go to the Japanese Friendship Garden and enjoy the music and cultural displays and food.  Remember there is an entrance fee to get in.  After 4 pm the top level of the garden is free.

2) After you are done, walk next door to the Japanese Garden.  Dancing will begin at 6:00 pm at Spreckels Organ Pavillion next to the garden and is free. The Pavilion will be decorated with paper lanterns crafted in the memory of those who have gone before.  This is free.

We dance in gratitude for the gifts those who have gone before have given us. Each of us is who we are because of those gifts.


Locations for this Event (They are next to each other)

1) Japanese Friendship Garden: Food, music and festivities. Entrance Fee.

2) Spreckles Organ Pavilion: Bon Odori dance. Free entry.


San Diego Obon Date
Saturday August 3, 2019

Festival Schedule 
11:00 am - 5:00 pm: Japanese Friendship Garden Outdoor Festival.  Entrance Fee.
06:00 pm: Bon Odori Dancing at Spreckels Organ Pavilion (Next to Japanese Friendship Garden)


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2019 Toro Nagashi (Floating Lanterns Down a Stream) (Friday)


See all Bon Odori Practices Dates at Buddhist Temple   
The practices will be held inside Temple's Annex Hall.
Days: Thursday and Sundays
Location: Bon Odori Dance practice will be at Buddhist Temple of San Diego


Locations - San Diego, CA
1) Buddhist Temple of San Diego, (Practice) 2929 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92102.
2) Japanese Friendship Garden, (Festival) 2215 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101
3) Spreckels Organ Pavilion, (Dancing) 1549 El Prado Ste 10, San Diego, CA 92101.

Note: Japanese Friendship Garden & Spreckels Organ Pavillion are next to each other.


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Obon Bon Odori Festival Titles
Buddhist Temple of San Diego Obon Festival & Odori - Music, Cultural Displays, Japanese Food, Snacks, Gifts, etc. (Sat Only) [Video] 2 Locations

CANCELED - 2020 Buddhist Temple of San Diego Obon Festival & Odori - Music, Cultural Displays, Japanese Food, Snacks.. (Sat Only) [Video] 2 Locat


Saturday, 7 August, 2021

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