In 2018, San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple celebrates its 95th Obon Festival! Attendees can participate in the tradition of Japanese Obon Odori dancing, taiko drum performances, and enjoy a variety of Japanese cultural exhibits and tasty ethnic foods.
Dancers of all ages in colorful kimono and happi coats will perform traditional Japanese folk dances celebrating the Buddhist “Festival of Joy,” which started centuries ago as a religious custom to remember and express gratitude to deceased loved ones. All attendees are encouraged to join in the simple and fun dances, led by teachers and the sound of rhythmic music.
Highlighting the festival are Japanese and American foods for sale, including chicken & salmon teriyaki, udon noodles, sushi, spam musubi, refreshing shave ice, delicious baked goods, and many other delectable items.
Enjoy family carnival games and prizes, enter our raffle for a chance to win up to $1000, and cool off in our Bingo Hall with its Buddhist bookstore and flea market for Japanese goods and apparel.
Visit the gym and dojo to watch our talented SFV Japanese American Community Center performers, and then head to the yagura for taiko and obon dancing.
Get ready to eat, dance, and play the night away! We look forward to seeing everyone there.
Bon Odori Dancing
Saturday: 7:00 pm
Sunday: 6:30 pm
Taiko drum performances by San Fernando Valley Taiko (Sat) and West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Taiko (Sun)
Parking is available on the surrounding streets
NOTE: It is always a good idea to verify date, time, location and other information prior to going.
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