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San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 293-9292
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VIRTUAL 2020 - San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Obon Bazaar-Festival - JapanTown
A Virtual Obon. As we all adapt to what seems to be the new normal, we have transitioned to create a virtual Obon Festival for 2020!
July 11, 2020
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us Saturday July 11th, as we bring to your home the fun, the food, and the games of Obon! Watch live cooking demonstrations, participate in children’s crafts, and watch performances from San Jose Taiko, Chidori Band, and many more.
Stay tuned for more details and information to be shared here and/or follow us on Facebook & Instagram
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2020 Schedule Online
12:00 pm: Welcome!
12:10 pm: “Irasshai” Procession - SJ Taiko
12:30 pm: “Kangi-e” - Meaning of Obon
01:00 pm: “Faces of San Jose Obon” - Tribute to Our Volunteers
01:30 pm: Collegiate Taiko
02:00 pm: “Growth of Obon - Jim McClure, Ken Kamei, Dennis Akizuki
02:30 pm: Obon Food
03:00 pm: Collegiate Taiko
03:30 pm: Buddhism 101 - What is Buddhism? Q&A
04:00 pm: Nikkei for Black Lives
04:30 pm: Obon Food: Chicken Teriyaki
05:00 pm: San Jose Taiko
05:45 pm: “How to put on your Yukata” - Moschel Kadokura
06:00 pm: Chidori Band
07:00 pm: Odori (Dancing)
08:30 pm: Sign Off
For everyone who has enjoyed the San Jose Obon Festival…
Obon is a time to remember, reflect and honor those who have paved the roads we travel today. Especially during these challenging times, we must acknowledge that much of our own courage, strength and compassion are rooted within our families and loved ones. During Obon, we remember our ancestors and express our gratitude for their sacrifices and lessons.
Though reluctant to mention, the Betsuin is working to replace the funds raised during the Obon Festival. Every year we enjoy the food, performances, activities and Bon dancing - many of you give countless hours of your time towards its success. This year we ask that you instead consider a donation to support the services of the Betsuin. A place that is at the center of so many of our community functions. You may choose to donate In Memory Of (remembering a loved one), In Honor Of (recognizing a special person/group) or with any sentiment you choose.
In the spirit of Obon and with gratitude, we hope you find this way of giving both meaningful and valuable. Please join together in commemorating Obon.
For more information or questions, please call the Betsuin Office at (408) 813-6939
Previous Year Obon Information
San Jose Obon Annual Summer Festival in Japantown. This family event is a cultural event of authentic Japanese food, entertainment and traditional Japanese folk dancing. If you enjoy sushi, udon, corn, beef & chicken teriyaki, etc. Food, carnival style family games, more food Chidori Band live music, Taiko groups and San Jose Taiko. @ 5th Street between Jackson & Taylor Street in Japantown San Jose, one of the last three remaining authentic historical Japantowns in the USA, Japantown San Jose celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2015.
San Jose has the largest Obon Festival crowds in Northern California
Amazing Obon Festival that has over one thousand dancers on either night Sat and Sun) of Obon Odori (Obon dancing). Everyone invited to dance!
San Jose Obon-Bazaar Festival Dates
July 13 - 14, 2019 (2 Days)
San Jose Obon-Bazaar Festival Times
Sat: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Food Booths: Open at 12:00 pm
Bon Odori Dancing
Sat: 7:30 pm Odori starts
Sun: 6:00 pm Odori starts
San Jose Obon Festival Location
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin / Jtown - 5th Street Japantown
Obon dancing (over 1200 dancers!), food booths, flowers, carnival games for young and old, temple tours and talks.
Festival Obon Schedule
Obon Odri Line Dancing
Ima gawa yaki
Four short blocks from the Japantown Light Rail Station
Pedicab service available - Call (408) 771-7723, San Jose
Free parking and shuttle from First Street & Hedding Street parking lot.
See All Obon Odori Practice Dates at San Jose
Time from: 7:30 to 8:45 pm
Location: Buddhist Church of San Jose Gym
June 24, 25, 27, July 1, 2, & 3 - 2019
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Celebrate the Japanese Culture food, performances and dancing.
(Please always confirm date & times, the schedule could change)
Obon-Bazaar Festival Location
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin / JapanTown, 640 N 5th St., San Jose, CA 95112
Obon-Bazaar Festival Title
2019 San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Obon Festival - JapanTown (Different Times) (2 Days) 1200+ Dancers, Food Booths, Taiko, etc.
Sunday, 14 July, 2019
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Phone: (408) 293-9292
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