OBON Festival – July 27-28, 1:00pm to 9:00pm

Title: OBON Festival

Description: Obon is a time to remind us of how much our parents and grandparents, our ancestors, have done to make our lives happy. It is an opportunity to rejoice in the life that we enjoy, to express gratitude for all of the conditions, both past and present, that help to sustain our lives, and a time to reflect on the wishes our predecessors have for us. The festival features food, games, farmers market, flower market, traditional Bon Odori Dancing, and various types of entertainment.

Go Green by bringing your own Reusable Bag and Water Bottle!

Start Date: 2019-07-27

Start Time: 1:00 pm

End Date: 2019-07-28

End Time: 9:00 pm

Entertainment –
The 2019 entertainment lineup will include TAIKOPROJECT, happyfunsmile, hereandnow, and many others.

Performance Schedule (subject to change)

Saturday, July 27
MC: Shin Ito Guest MC: Helen Ota
1:00 ML Crisis
2:15 hereandnow
2:45 Kinnara Taiko
3:30 Kokoro
4:45 Kitsune Taiko
5:30 Manto-e Service
6:00 happyfunsmile
6:30 Bon Odori
Sunday, July 28
MC: Shin Ito Guest MC: Helen Ota
1:30 Lumbini Kids
2:00 Yvette Nii
3:45 June Kuramoto
4:45 Bombu Taiko
5:30 Manto-e Service
6:00 happfunsmile
6:30 Bon Odori
MC: Shin Ito Guest MC: Helen Ota TAIKOPROJECT <happyfunsmile/td>
Bombu Taiko ML Crisis
June Kuramoto Kitsune Taiko


Services –

OBON HATSUBON SERVICE – July 28, 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.