In 2017, we celebrated our 94th Obon Festival. Thank you to everyone who attended!
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For a schedule of Obon Festivals throughout Southern California this summer, go to Buddhist Churches of America 2017 Obon.
The San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Obon is one of the largest Buddhist gatherings in the City of Los Angeles.
Attendees can participate in the tradition of Japanese Obon Odori dancing and enjoy other cultural and ethnic experiences such as taiko drum performances, Japanese calligraphy and doll exhibits, and a variety of tasty ethnic foods.
Dancers of all ages in colorful kimono and happi coats perform traditional Japanese folk dances celebrating the Buddhist “Festival of Joy,” which started centuries ago as a religious custom to remember and express gratitude to deceased loved ones. All attendees are encouraged to join the simple and fun dances, led by teachers and the sound of rhythmic music.
Highlighting the festival are ethnic Japanese and American foods for sale, including chicken teriyaki, udon noodles, sushi, spam musubi, refreshing shave ice, delicious baked goods, and many other delectable items.
Enjoy family carnival games and prizes, enter our raffle for a chance to win up to $1000, and cool off in our Bingo Hall with its Buddhist bookstore and flea market for Japanese goods and apparel.
Obon 2017 took place on June 24-25. Dates to be announced for Obon 2018. Our Obon is usually held during the last weekend of June.
Taiko Drum Performances will precede Bon Odori (Japanese Folk Dancing) each evening
Community Center Demonstrations
Obon Festival now features demonstrations by SFV Japanese American Community Center Clubs. Visit the gym and dojo to watch our talented community perform, and then head to the yagura for taiko and obon dancing.
San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, 12953 Branford Street, Pacoima, CA 91331
Parking is available on the surrounding streets.
Bon Dance Festival Ondo Practice Schedule
Ondo Practices have concluded for 2017. Please check back in 2018. Practices usually take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June.
No prior dancing experience required. Bring a round fan, towel and naruko (or just snap your fingers to the beat). Invite your friends and dance for joy!
San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 9450 Remick Avenue, Pacoima, CA 91331