Palo Alto Buddhist Temple
2015 Obon Festival
Palo Alto Buddhist Temple's Annual Obon Festival & Bazaar
Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2, 2015
Join members of the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple in celebrating Obon, a festival honoring family and ancestors. The 2-day festival is on Saturday and Sunday, August 1st & 2nd.
The Reverend Dean Koyama, the Temple's resident minister, will deliver a Bon Odori Service on Sunday, prior to the Obon dance.
Attend special Dharma Talks and discussions featuring special guest, the Reverend Henry Adams. The talks are scheduled on Saturday at 6:00pm and on Sunday at 2:30pm in the Issei Hall.
Enjoy the ever-popular, high-powered San Jose Taiko (Japanese drums) group as they perform at 5:30pm on Sunday.
The traditional Bon Odori dance will highlight Sunday evening's festivities. The dance is an expression of gratitude towards one's family and ancestors. Dancing starts at 7:30pm on Sunday and all are invited to join us and dance in the celebration!
Enjoy Japanese and American food, games for the children, bake sale goods, a silent auction and a book sale.
The festival also features many dance and musical performances. Minyo (Japanese folk music) and a Japanese dance performance highlight Saturday evening's program along with a shakuhachi and koto (Japanese flute and harp) performance. Enjoy storigami, the Japanese art of paper folding and story telling on Sunday at 1:00pm. Those interested in martial arts will enjoy the karate, judo and kendo demonstrations over the festival weekend.
Among the festival weekend exhibits are Japanese "Mon" banners, family crests of some members of the Temple. Palo Alto artist, Lorraine Capparell, presents a series of her paintings entitled, "Life of Buddha".