Vista Buddhist Temple to Celebrate Obon

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Bon Odori starts at 6:30 p.m. both days.

Bon Odori starts at 6:30 p.m. both days.

VISTA — Vista Buddhist Temple, 150-B Cedar Rd. in Vista, will hold its Obon Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24, from 12 to 8 p.m.

Bon Odori starts at 6:30 p.m. both days. For those unfamiliar with the dances, an introduction will be given at 3:15 p.m. both days.

Japanese food will be served until 6 p.m. or until sold out. The event will also feature craft booths, games for kids, cut flowers and plants, fresh produce, a silent auction, and displays of beaded flowers, sumi-e, and wood carvings.

Entertainment will include koto music, Okinawan folk music, taiko drumming, and demonstrations of aikido, origami and sumi-e.

Free admission and parking. For more information, call (760) 941-8800 or visit www.vbtemple.org.

Vista Buddhist Temple Taiko

Vista Buddhist Temple Taiko

Schedule of events:

Saturday, July 23

12 to 5 p.m.: Exhibit of wood carvings by Joe Satake

1 p.m.: Introduction to Buddhism with Rev. Jon Turner of Orange County Buddhist Church; hands-on sumi-e demonstration by Kayo Beach

2:15 p.m.: Origami demonstration by Lisa Halverson

3:15 p.m.: Introduction to Bon Odori dancing by Elaine Marume

3:45 p.m.: Performance by Southern California Koto

5:15 p.m.: Performance by VBT Taiko

6:30 p.m.: Bon Odori

Sunday, July 24

12 to 5 p.m.: Exhibit of wood carvings by Joe Satake

1 p.m.: Introduction to Buddhism with Tina Donisi and Ros Dong, VBT minister assistants; hands-on sumi-e demonstration by Kayo Beach

2:15 p.m.: Martial arts demonstration by Encinitas Aikido

3:15 p.m.: Introduction to Bon Odori dancing by Elaine Marume

4 p.m.: Okinawan folk music by Nishikawa Kenkyusho

5:15 p.m.: Performance by VBT Taiko

6:30 p.m.: Bon Odori

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