Gathering of Joy in Oxnard

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oxnard obonOXNARD — Oxnard Buddhist Temple, 250 S. H St. (at 2nd Street) in Oxnard, will hold its Obon Festival/Gathering of Joy on Saturday, July 12, from 1 to 9 p.m.

There will be two Bon Odori sessions. Exhibitions, demonstrations and cultural activities will include bonsai, origami, children’s games, judo, karate, taiko, Japanese dance, and cosplay.

The festival will also offer a farmer’s market, flowers, food and drinks, a boutique, a silent auction, and a benefit drawing.

On the menu are teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef, udon, snow cones, sushi, gyoza, Spam musubi, manju, homemade baked goods, chili and hot dogs.

The schedule is as follows:

1 p.m.: Oxnard Bonsai Club

2 p.m.: Encino Judo

3 p.m.: Azuma Dance (Social Hall)

3:45 p.m.: Fuji Japanese Music (Social Hall)

4 p.m.: Okinawa dance (Social Hall); Obon service (Hondo)

4:45 p.m.: Fuji Japanese Music (Social Hall)

5 p.m.: Cosplay

5:30 p.m. Togen Daiko

6 p.m.: Bon Odori

7 p.m.: Togen Daiko

8 p.m. Bon Odori

8:45 p.m.: Raffle drawing (need not be present to win)

Admission is free. For more information, call (805) 483-5948 or visit www.oxnardbuddhisttemple.org.

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