Pasadena Obon • July 22 & 23, 2017
2017 Obon Calendar
Obon is a very special season for Buddhists. Our temple will have the special services to commemorate the first Obon after a loved one's passing (Hatsubon) and the Obon service on July 16th. Obon is festive and also a very reflective time.
As part of the Southern District Buddhist Churches, we will be dancing all the dances that all the other temples have been learning this summer. Practices are held on Tuesday and Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00 PM in the Temple parking lot. Bring a tenugui (towel) and kachi kachi. Practices begin on July 27th and will be conducted every Tuesday and Thursday until our Obon Festival. We will NOT have practice on July 4th.
Come early for good parking. Handicap and our VERY Senior Citizens special parking is available from the Glen Avenue entrance. Regular parking entrance to our lot is from Wyoming Avenue. There is plenty of street parking, please do not block anyone's driveway!
Food, Food, Food.....and more Food
BWA Food Court (in classroom):
Chirashi Rice (Saturday), MakiSushi/Inari Sushi (Sunday), unagi (eel) donburi, hand-made manju (an, Reese's peanut butter cup fillings or plain), tamales, lumpia (Saturday), Chinese dessert tarts and cha shu bao, Matsuri Kyuri on a stick (crisp pickled cucumber) (Saturday), and matcha lemonade.
Temple and Temple Youth Groups:
BBQ Chicken Teriyaki (Classroom)
Beef Teriyaki (booth)
Beef Chow Mein with grilled noodles (Sakai Hall)
Shaved Ice (booth)
Jr. YBA Booth: Chili Rice, Spam Musubi, nachos, hot dogs, sodas and water
Beer Garden (21+ only) (parking lot garden)
Other organizations' booths (tentative):
In addition to food booths, there will be game booths and a plant sale.
What's Obon Like?
Thank you, Rafu Shimpo for filming us!
July 16 - Hatsubon and Obon Service @ 10 AM
July 23 - Obon Festival: 4:00-8:30 pm
Festival Schedule (July 22 & 23):
5:00-6:00 Hondo Open (Rev. Gibbs available for Q&A)
6:00 L.A. TAIKO ICHIZA performance (Saturday)
6:00 WLA TAIKO performance (Sunday)
6:30 Obon Dancing - audience participation
7:00 PM (Saturday): Introduction of Nisei Week Court Candidates
Martial Arts Demonstrations (Sakai Hall)
4:00 QI GONG
5:00 SHOTOKAN KARATE (PJCI)
5:30 KENDO (PJCI)
5:00 KYUDO - Nanka Kyudo Kai (PJCI)
5:30 NAGINATA - Pasadena Naginata Dojo
Exhibitions (Sakai Hall):
The Buddhist Church Experience in the WWII Camps, 1942-1945
Ikenobo Ikebana Display
Art by Edward “Fuzzy” Fujimoto
Ahiozawa Pottery - Handmade clay items by a local artist
Heritage Source Book Sellers
kisanoreen - Handcrafted jewelry
Mariko III - Handcrafted items
Modern M - Asian inspired greeting cards (Saturday only)
Pat on the Back - Handcrafted items and unique material
Underachieving Asian - t-shirts (Sunday only)
Silent Auction (SATURDAY: closes at 8:00 pm):
*2 tickets to "Hamilton-An American Musical", Los Angeles
*4 Dodger tickets
More items to be added
Opportunity Drawing (SUNDAY: 8:15 pm. Periodic drawings all afternoon):
1st Prize: $1,000
2nd Prize: $500
3rd Prize: $250
Lots of goodies to be raffled, list to come.