Palo Alto Buddhist Temple
2017 Obon Festival

Palo Alto Buddhist Temple's Annual Obon Festival & Bazaar
Saturday & Sunday, August 5 & 6, 2017

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 5th & 6th.

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 and enjoy the ever-popular, high-powered San Jose Taiko (Japanese drums) group as they perform on Sunday afternoon. The traditional Bon Odori dance will highlight Sunday evening's festivities. The dance is an expression of gratitude towards one's family and ancestors.

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 to highlight Saturday evening's program along with a shakuhachi and koto (Japanese flute and harp) performances. Enjoy storigami, the Japanese art of paper folding and story telling. Those interested in martial arts will enjoy the karate, judo and kendo demonstrations over the festival weekend.


5:00 p.m. Taiko Herald: PABT Adult Taiko & PABT Dharma School Taiko ..........Outdoors

5:45 p.m. Dharma Talk: “Dharma for Dummies” & discussion .......... Hondo
The Rev. Robert Oshita, Guest Minister

7:00 p.m. Nihon Buyo (Japanese traditional dance) .......... Hall
Madame Emimaisei Hanayagi

7:30 p.m. Koto Performance (Japanese horizontal harp) .......... Hondo
Marimo-kai Koto Group

8:00 p.m. Music Interlude (Rock and rhythm & blues, etc) .......... Outdoor Stage
Bad Karma

8:30 p.m. Kendo Demonstration (Japanese swordsmanship) .......... Hall
Palo Alto Kendo Club


12 noon Taiko Herald: PABT Adult Taiko & PABT Dharma School Taiko .......... Outdoors

12:45 p.m. Dharma Talk: “Dharma for Dummies” & discussion .......... Hondo
The Rev. Robert Oshita, Guest Minister

1 - 4 p.m. Medaka no Gakko Children's Activities.......... Room 5

1:30 p.m. Kamishibai & Storigami (Japanese art of paper folding & story-telling).......... Hall
Ms. June Sakamoto

2:30 p.m. Taiko Performance (Japanese drumming) .......... Outdoor Stage
PABT Young Adult Taiko Group

3:00 p.m. Koto Performance (Japanese stringed instruments) .......... Hondo
Madame Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto and students

3:30 p.m. Judo Demonstration (Japanese martial art) .......... Hall
Palo Alto Judo Club

5:00 p.m. Taiko Performance (Japanese drumming) .......... Outdoor Stage
San Jose Taiko Group

6:00 p.m. “Peace on Your Wings” Music .......... Outdoor Stage
Ms. Jenny Taira, Composer/Conductor and Ms. Laurie Rubin, Lyricist

6:45 p.m. ---------------- RAFFLE DRAWING ---------------- Outdoor Stage

7:00 p.m. Bon Odori Service .......... Hondo
The Rev. Dean Koyama, Resident Minister

7:30 p.m. Bon Odori (Buddhist dancing).......... Outdoors
Mme. Jumasuga Hanayagi (Ms. Marjorie Nakaji) & Assistants

OBON WEEKEND SCHEDULE (downloadable pdf)


PABT ORGANIZATIONS EXHIBIT is a display of affiliated organizations on the wall divider in the Hall.
MON Banners hanging high along the wall in the Hall are Japanese family crests of some members of the Temple.


“LIFE OF BUDDHA” is a series of paintings rendered by Palo Alto artist Lorraine Capparell and displayed on tables.
BUDDHIST BOOKS are displayed on front left side of altar.
The following displays are shown along the back wall:
IKEBANA (Japanese traditional flower arrangements) and SUISEKI (Selection of artful stones)


2017 Obon Master Planning Schedule (pdf)

Festival Sponsors

Medaka no Gakko Register for the Sep 5th PABT Golf Tournament Keith Kosakura Optometry Orchard Supply Hardware