The Obon festival in Japantown in San Jose
San Jose, California
July 15, 2022 1:08pm CST
This is the Obon festival in Japantown in San Jose on Sunday. You see Taiko drummers here. This is the first in person festival in 2 years. It is held by the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. It is not as large as the Nikkei Matsuri festival. At the festival you can check out the church, get food at the food court as see the performances by taiko groups. The festival is in honor of the dead, and in Japan has special meaning this year due to the assassination of Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister. Mountain View is having an Obon festival but is limiting it to church members.
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• Los Angeles, California
Obon! I guess the last one we went to was in 2019 - before the pandemic. We would go every year to my old Japanese language school for Obon. I think we already missed it for this year (I think it was late June) - maybe next year we will feel better about attending.
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