Obon Festival

The San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Obon is one of the largest Buddhist gatherings in the City of Los Angeles. In 2017, we celebrate our 94th Obon Festival!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Obon Festival
June 24 – 25, 2017
Saturday: 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday: 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Bon Odori Dancing
Saturday: 7:00 pm
Sunday: 6:30 pm

Taiko Drum Performances
Saturday: San Fernando Valley Taiko
Sunday: West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Taiko

NEW FOR 2017 – Community Center Demonstrations
For the first time, Obon Festival will feature 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.

Admission
Free

Festival Location
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
Learn the new dances for Obon 2017!

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!

Tuesday, June 13 and 20
Thursday, June 15 and 22
Practice starts at 6:30pm in the Temple Parking Lot

Practice Location
San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 9450 Remick Avenue, Pacoima, CA 91331

To RSVP to our event and get the latest Obon news and announcements, find us on Facebook!

For schedule of Obon Festivals throughout Southern California this summer, go to Buddhist Churches of America 2017 Obon.