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!
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.
Schedule of Events
2020 Obon Merchandise!
“In Memory Of” Giving
Obon is more than dancing and eating. There are many traditional decorations and items that are associated with it. And many of them can be made as craft projects by kids of all ages. Here are some craft activities for Obon that come from the teachers at Lotus Preschool and the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Dharma School (Sunday school) teachers.
Check out a couple crafts we have put together to create at home!
Create your own Tenugui
If you are like us, you appreciate the opportunity to have someone who is a great chef cook for you rather than spend the years and hours of work it took for the great chef to become the great chef.
There are foods that we enjoy every year at, say San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin’s OBON festival that you look forward to no matter who is behind the tongs, spatulas, fryers, pots, rollers and grills.
These are community foods. They are foods this special community grew up with. There are always wonderful stories; reminiscences and jokes that come along with community food.
We hope that you will enjoy this version of OBON FOOD 2020 as we work in collaboration in the COVIS-19 pandemic universe.
We hope you enjoy the stories and recipes that follow. Some, you’ll see again at future Obon festivals and some you may not. They will stay in the past and new community foods and crews of cooks will begin new festival booths, sharing food of the day.
Whatever happens, just know that all the food at OBON is prepared by hundreds of volunteers over hundreds of hours and decades of recipe sharing.
You’ll see some of the actual poundage of ingredients, bags, pallets, pounds, gallons used and a story or historical context and then – an adjusted recipe that you can try at home!
We hope you enjoy the experience!
Obon @ Home
Cookbook Volunteer Crew
San Jose Buddhist Church
How to put on your Yukata
Check out the step by step process for putting on a Yukata!
Additional information are at: Kailey Wong & Miya Uenaka’s Obon Website