San Jose Betsuin Obon Festival This Weekend

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Dancers at last year's Bon Odori. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

Dancers at last year’s Bon Odori. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

SAN JOSE — San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin will hold its annual Obon Festival on Saturday, July 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, July 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The event includes food, games, performances by taiko groups from Northern and Southern California, an introduction to Buddhism, and Bon Odori. In recent years, more than a thousand dancers have participated. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, July 12

11:30 a.m.: Temple opens; Buddhism 101

12 p.m.: Food booths open

12:30 p.m. UC San Diego Taiko

1 p.m.: Games open; bookstore opens; meet Marissa Moss, author of “Barbed-Wire Baseball”

2 p.m.: Buddhism 101

3 p.m.: UC Irvine Taiko

3:30 p.m.: Buddhism 101

4:30 p.m.: San Jose Taiko

5:30 p.m.: Temple closes

6:30 p.m.: Chidori Band

7:30 p.m.: Odori starts

Sunday, July 13

11:30 a.m.: Temple opens; Buddhism 101

12 p.m.: Food booths open

12:30 p.m.: UC Berkeley Taiko

1 p.m.: Games open; bookstore opens

1:30 p.m.: UC Davis Taiko

2 p.m.: Buddhism 101

3:30 p.m.: San Jose Taiko

4 p.m.: Temple closes

5 p.m.: Chidori Band

6 p.m.: Odori starts

8 p.m.: Raffle

The temple is located at 640 N. 5th St. between Jackson and Taylor streets, four blocks east of the Japantown/Ayer Light Rail Station. For more information, including a video on how to dress in yukata, go to www.sjbetsuin.com. For pedicab service, call (408) 771-7723.

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