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Obon & Taiko Festival

Two full days of taiko drumming, Japanese food & over 1,000 costumed dancers in SJ
By - posted 7/14/2012 No Comment

Obon is an annual festival/bazaar in San Jose’s Japantown – a huge festival with two days of game booths, food booths, cultural exhibits and demonstrations, the Chidori Band, San Jose Taiko and, in past years, over 1,000 dancers in full costume each evening.

If you enjoy sushi, udon, teriyaki, snowcones, fresh corn, green tea cupcakes, or if you’re a little adventurous, we even have grilled octopus. There are plants, flowers, and fresh produce for sale and a white elephant booth.

San Jose Obon Festival 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012 (Noon to 8p)
Sunday, July 15, 2012 (Noon to 8p)

Bon Odori Dancing
-Sat: 7:45 pm Odori starts
– Sun: 6:00 pm Odori starts

 Obon dancing (over 1200 dancers!), performances by San Jose Taiko, food booths, flowers, carnival games for young and old, temple tours and talks.

San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 North 5th Street, San Jose between Jackson and Taylor streets
4 short blocks east of Japantown / Ayer Light Rail Station

2012 Obon Festival Schedule

Photo Credit: Dusty Wall San Jose Metroblog