OBON Festival – July 28-29, 1:00pm – 9:00pm

Title: OBON Festival

Description: OBON is a traditional event to honor and express gratitude to the spirits of our ancestors, those before us who provided us with the gift of life. The Obon Festival is held as a celebration of the return of the spirits of our ancestors. The festival features food, games, farmers market, flower market, tea ceremony demonstrations, traditional Bon Odori Dancing, and various types of entertainment.

Start Date: 2018-07-28

Start Time: 1:00 pm

End Date: 2018-07-29

End Time: 9:00 pm


Demonstrations –

Tea Ceremony – Sunday, 7/29, Starting at 1:00 p.m & continuous throughout the day.  Downstairs in Room 2 (Red Room), so please drop in.

Ichinobowaryu Sencha Do


Entertainment –
The 2018 entertainment lineup will include TAIKOPROJECT, happyfunsmile, hereandnow, and many others.

Performance Schedule (subject to change)

Saturday, July 28
MC: Shin Ito
1:00 ML Crisis
2:00 hereandnow
3:30 Local Band
4:45 Bombu/Kitsune
5:30 Manto-e Service
6:00 happyfunsmile
6:30 Bon Odori
Sunday, July 29
MC: Shin Ito____Guest MC: Helen Ota
1:45 Lumbini Child Development Center Kids
2:15 Kitsune Taiko
3:00 Asian Persuasian
3:45 June Kuramoto
4:15 Nakama Daiko
5:30 Manto-e Service
6:00 happfunsmile
6:30 Bon Odori
MC: Shin Ito Guest MC: Helen Ota Asian Persuasian Local Band
happyfunsmile TAIKOPROJECT Bombu Taiko ML Crisis
Kitsune Taiko June Kuramoto Nakama Daiko


Services –

OBON HATSUBON SERVICE – July 29, 11:00 a.m.

MANTO-E SERVICES – Saturday – 6:00 p.m. – Sunday 5:30 p.m.

The tradition of Manto-e during the Obon Festival is to light the sky with “ten thousand lanterns”, originating about 1,200 years ago. Manto-e lanterns can be offered in memory of a departed love one, so if you wish to do so, please refer to the Manto-e form to apply for one.


OBON Gift Certificates –

Great gifts for family & friends! Gift Certificates can be purchased for food items in $5.00 increments by printing out a gift certificate form, fill it out, and send it in with payment to the Temple Office. ________________________________________________________________________________________________

OBON Parking –

Parking will be available at the Mangrove Lot at 428 E. Temple St.(Alameda/1st st/Temple St).  Free shuttle service will be available from the parking lot to Higashi Honganji from 11:00am to 10:00pm.  Validation to park at the Medical Building on 3rd & San Pedro will not be available this year.



Bon Odori Dancing –

Both days at 6:30 p.m.

BON Odori Practice – Practice dates are Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm in the social hall.