Palo Alto Obon and Bazaar This Weekend


palo alto obonPALO ALTO — Rev. Dean Koyama and members of Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Rd. in Palo Alto, would like to cordially invite you to attend the 2016 Obon and Bazaar on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7.

The traditional Obon Odori dance will highlight Sunday evening’s festivities. The dance, an expression of gratitude towards one’s family and ancestors, starts at 7:30 p.m. and all are invited to join in the celebration.

The festival will also feature food, games, a silent auction, bonsai, entertainment, and Dharma Talks. Festival hours are 12 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 12 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Aug. 6

5 p.m.: Taiko herald by PABT Adult Taiko and PABT Dharma School Taiko, outdoors

5:45 p.m.: Dharma Talk: “Me?” and discussion with Rev. Gerald Sakamoto, Hondo

7 p.m.: Nihon buyo (Japanese classical dancing), Hall

7:30 p.m.: Koto performance, Hondo

8 p.m.: Music interlude, Outdoor Stage

8:30 p.m.: Judo demonstration, Hall

Sunday, Aug. 7

12 p.m.: Taiko herald by PABT Adult Taiko and PABT Dharma School Taiko, outdoors

12:45 p.m.: Dharma Talk: “Me?” with Rev. Gerald Sakamoto, Hondo

1:30 p.m.: Kamishibai (Japanese storytelling using mini-stage and storyboards), Room 5

2 p.m.: Karate demonstration, Hall

2:30 p.m.: Storigami (paper folding and storytelling), Room 5

3 p.m.: Koto performance, Hondo

4 p.m.: Kendo demonstration, Hall

5:30 p.m.: San Jose Taiko performance, Outdoor Stage

6:30 p.m.: Japanese popular music, Outdoor Stage

7 p.m.: Bon Odori service conducted by Rev. Dean Koyama, Hondo

7:30 p.m.: Bon Odori

Hall Exhibits

Display of PABT affiliated organizations on the wall divider in the Hall

Banners hanging in the Hall display mon (family crests) of some temple members

Hondo Exhibits

“Life of Buddha,” a series of paintings by Palo Alto artist Lorraine Capparell

Buddhist books displayed on front left side of altar

Ikebana and suiseki displays along the back wall

For more information, call (650) 856-0123 or visit



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