Berkeley Temples to Hold Joint Obon Odori

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Michiya Hanayagi and daughter Michisuya Hanayagi lead dance practices and Obon Odori every year.

Michiya Hanayagi and daughter Michisuya Hanayagi lead dance practices and Obon Odori every year.

BERKELEY — The annual Obon Odori will be held on Saturday, July 12, at Berkeley Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, 1524 Oregon St. in Berkeley.

This is a joint event with Berkeley Buddhist Temple. The two temples take turns hosting the dance.

Dancers should arrive by 6 p.m. and the dancing will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the street in front of the temple, which will be closed to traffic. Everyone is invited.

On Sunday, July 13, Berkeley Higashi Honganji’s annual Obon cemetery service will be held at Sunset View Cemetery, Colusa and Fairmont avenues in El Cerrito, beginning in the Heian Garden section, near the pond. Chanting will start at 10 a.m., followed by laying of flowers at various sites.

The Obon service at the temple will be held at 2 p.m. Hatsubon families (observing the first-year memorial for loved ones) are especially invited. Everyone welcome to attend.

On Saturday, Berkeley Buddhist Temple will hold ohakamairi services at Sunset View’s Heian Garden at 9:30 a.m. and Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd. in Hayward, at 12 p.m.

Obon and Hatsubon services will be held at the temple, 2121 Channing Way in Berkeley, on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. with Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara as guest speaker.

For more information:

Berkeley Higashi Honganji — (510) 843-6933, [email protected], www.bombu.org/

Berkeley Buddhist Temple — (510) 841-1356, [email protected], www.berkeleysangha.org/

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