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.

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Schedule of Events | Subject to Change

Time Event
12:00 pm Welcome!
12:10 pm “Irasshai” Procession – SJ Taiko
12:30 pm Meaning of Obon
1:00 pm “Faces of San Jose Obon” – Tribute to Our Volunteers
1:30 pm Collegiate Taiko
2:00 pm “Growth of Obon – Jim McClure, Ken Kamei, Dennis Akizuki
2:30 pm Flavors of Obon: Beef Teriyaki
3:00 pm Collegiate Taiko
Time Event
3:30 pm Buddhism 101 – What is Buddhism? Q&A
4:00 pm Nikkei for Black Lives
4:30 pm “Natsukashii!” Obon Foods of the Past
5:00 pm San Jose Taiko
5:45 pm “How to put on your Yukata” – Moschel Kadokura
6:00 pm Chidori Band
7:00 pm Odori (Dancing)
8:30 pm Sign Off

2020 Obon Merchandise!

In Memory Of Giving

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

Craft Zone!

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

2018 & 2019 Obon Videos

2018 Obon Photos | Joe Na, Joenagraphy