June 29-30 —The San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple will hold its annual Obon Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30 in Pacoima. The West LA Taiko will start each evening’s festivities with a rousing drum performance, leading up to the highlight of the festival – obon dancing to traditional and contemporary folk music. Hundreds of people of all ages will join dancers in colorful kimono and “hapi” coats to celebrate this Buddhist Kangi-e “Gathering of Joy.” Obon is observed by Buddhists everywhere at this time of year to pay tribute to the memory of deceased loved ones.
The West LA Taiko will start each evening’s festivities with a rousing drum performance. Highlighting the festival, ethnic Japanese and American foods such as “udon” noodles, sushi, and teriyaki chicken will be sold during the event. There will be free exhibits of Bonsai plants, beautiful flower arrangements and handmade Japanese dolls. Many games and prizes can be enjoyed by the entire family.
San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple cordially invites the public to this festive occasion, held on the premises of the San Fernando Valley Japanese-American Community Center, 12953 Bradford Street in Pacoima. Hours are from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. each evening. There is no admission charge.
The Temple will hold its combined Obon, Hatsubon and July-August Shotsuki monthly memorial service on Sunday, July 7th at 10 a.m. Guest speaker: Rev. Kazuaki Nakata, LA Nishi Betsuin. During the service, there will be a special Hatsubon ceremony to remember those who have passed away since last year’s Obon.
For further information see our website at www.sfvhbt.org or call (818) 899-4030.