Obon reminder

Taiko drummers at San Jose's Obon festival, 2008. Photo: Dusty Wall

Taiko drummers at San Jose's Obon festival, 2008. Photo: Dusty Wall

This weekend, July 11 and 12, is Obon Festival weekend in San Jose’s Japantown. According to Wikipedia, Obon, also known as the Feast of Lanterns, is “a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the departed (deceased) spirits of one’s ancestors.” The festival highlight is a traditional dance called the Bon-odori.

The San Jose festival is sponsored by the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, and features Taiko drumming and other Japanese music, craft sales, games, and a lecture on buddhism. A schedule is posted on the church website.

  • What: Obon Festival
  • When: July 11 and 12, noon to 8 pm.
  • Where: Japantown, around the corner of 5th and Jackson streets.
  • Cost: free

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