Obon Festival Season is Almost Here!

Summer is almost here… and so is obon festival season!

In our “Obon: A Japanese Summer Festival” post, we gave you a brief overview of the cultural significance of the event and what to expect if you have never been to an obon festival.

Obon is a fun, celebratory event that brings together families, friends, and the greater community through lively dancing, delicious festival food, and traditional Japanese cultural exhibits. It is also a time for families to pay their respects and honor their ancestors, as obon is a traditional Buddhist event. Obon has lots of offer and is sure to have something for everyone!

Here we’ve highlighted some of the major obon festivals near our J. Morey offices:

San Jose Betsuin Obon
July 12th; 11:30am-10:00pm, 7:30pm dancing
July 13th; 11:30am-8:00pm, 6:00pm dancing
640 North 5th Street, San Jose

Nishi Hongwanji Obon July 12th; 3:00pm-10:00pm, 7:00pm dancing
July 13th; 3:00pm-9:00pm, 6:30pm dancing
815 East First Street, Los Angeles (Little Tokyo area)

Orange County Buddhist Church Obon
July 19th; 2:00pm-9:00pm, 7:00pm dancing
July 20th; 2:00pm-8:30pm, 7:00pm dancing
909 South Dale Avenue, Anaheim

Higashi Hongwanji Obon
July 26th; 12:00pm-9:00pm, 6:30pm dancing
July 27th; 12:00pm-9:00pm, 6:30pm dancing
505 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles (Little Tokyo area)

For a more extensive list of obon festivals and dance practices in your area, visit the Buddhist Churches of America website here.

Happy obon-hopping!