Palo Alto Buddhist Temple
2018 Obon Festival

Palo Alto Buddhist Temple's Annual Obon Festival & Bazaar
Saturday & Sunday, August 4 & 5, 2018

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 4th & 5th.

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. Both days feature koto (Japanese harp) performances. Those interested in martial arts will enjoy the judo and kendo demonstrations over the festival weekend.

YUKATA DRESSING INFORMATION SESSIONS (downloadable pdf)

Wednesday, July 25th - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
followed by Obon Odori Practice Session - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Monday, July 30th - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
followed by Obon Odori Practice Session - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

OBON ODORI PRACTICE SESSIONS (downloadable pdf)

Wednesday, July 18th - 7:30pm - 9:00pm - PABT GYM
Monday, July 23rd - 7:30pm - 9:00pm - PABT GYM
Wednesday, July 25th - 7:30pm - 9:00pm - PABT GYM
Monday, July 30th - 7:30pm - 9:00pm - PABT GYM
Thursday, August 2nd - 7:30pm - 9:00pm - PABT PARKING LOT

DAILY SCHEDULES

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4th, SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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

5:30 p.m. Buddhist Talk and Discussion: .......... Hondo
The Rev. Candice Shibata, Buddhist Church of Florin

6:30 p.m. Burmese Dancing .......... Hall
Hamanaka Family and Friends

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

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

9:00 p.m. Judo Demonstration (Japanese martial art) .......... Hall
Palo Alto Judo Club

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5th, SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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

12:30 p.m. Buddhist Talk and Discussion: .......... Hondo
The Rev. Candice Shibata, Buddhist Church of Florin

12:30 p.m. Children's Activities (12:30 pm to 3:30 pm) .......... Room 5
Medaka no Gakko

1:00 p.m. All About Yukata Dressing and More .......... Hall
Ms. June Sakamoto

1:30 p.m. Taiko Performance (Japanese Drumming) .......... Outdoor Stage
PABT Young Adult Taiko Group "SOBA"

2:30 p.m. Koto Performance (Japanese stringed instruments) .......... Hondo
Madame Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto and students

3:30 p.m. Kendo Demonstration (Japanese fencing) .......... Hall
Palo Alto Kendo Club

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

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

2018 OBON WEEKEND SCHEDULE (downloadable pdf)

HALL EXHIBITS

PABT ORGANIZATIONS EXHIBIT is a display of affiliated organizations
MON BANNERS of some members of the Temple showing their Japanese crests hung from the ceiling.

HONDO EXHIBITS

“LIFE OF BUDDHA” PAINTINGS is a series of paintings rendered by Palo Alto artist Lorraine Capparell.
BUDDHIST BOOKS are displayed on front left side of altar.

The following displays are shown along the back wall:
IKEBANA (Japanese traditional flower arrangements)
SUISEKI (Selection of artful stones)

PLANNING & SCHEDULE INFORMATION FOR TEMPLE MEMBERS

2018 Obon Master Planning Schedule (pdf)

Obon Festival Sponsors


   
 
 
 
 
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