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OBON 2024

Looking to the future

Bon Odori Practice schedule just released,  click here to skip to dates and time

Obon Service
SUNDAY, JULY 14

Obon - an opportunity for everyone to remember those who have passed before us, a time to appreciate all that they have done and to recognize the continued impact upon our lives

 

We start the Obon season with an Obon and Hatsubon Service at the Gardena Buddhist Church.  

Everyone is welcome

July 14th at 9:30 AM

To learn more - click here

Obon Festival

SATURDAY AUGUST 3  3PM - 9PM
SUNDAY AUGUST 4  3PM - 9PM

FOOD BOOTHS

 CHICKEN & BEEF TERIYAKI

 SPAM MUSUBI

 SUSHI ( Maki / Inari & Charashi)
DANGO
CHILI RICE
SHAVE ICE
CORN ON THE COB

FUN FOR EVERYONE

CARNIVAL GAMES

BINGO

BOUNCE HOUSE &

GIANT SLIDE

TAIKO PERFORMANCES

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Bon Odori ( Festival Dance)

SATURDAY AUGUST 3  6PM - 8PM
SUNDAY AUGUST 4  6PM - 8PM

Come join one of the largest Bon Odori events in So Cal.  The street is blocked and everyone is welcome to dance or come stake out a spot to listen to the live music & taiko performance and watch the dancers. 

Bon Odori Practice

Instructor led dance practice sessions will be conducted at the Gardena Buddhist Church

 

July 9 & 11  @ 7:00 PM

July 16 & 18 @ 7:00 PM

July 23 & 25 @ 7:00 PM

Obon Practice

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Temple Tours

Interested in learning about Jodo Shinshu Buddhism?   Everyone is welcome to participate, learn and meet  Rev John Iwohara.  

Saturday Aug 3rd and Sunday Aug 4th

TBD- Service + Q&A

TBD - Temple Tour

( times will be posted by mid July)

 

Southern District Obon Schedule

 

Click here to check out Obon Festivals throughout the Southern District 

Questions regarding any of the Obon events at the Gardena Buddhist Church -    

 

email obon@gardenabuddistchurch.org

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Obon DIY

Express yourself and bring out your crafty inner self and create your own Uchiwa, Hachimaki or Happi Coat

 

An Uchiwa is a paper fan. click here for one of many DIY examples online 

 

The Hachimaki is a headband that is also used during some Obon dances .   Click here for an example. 

 

A Happi Coat are a traditional Japanese outer garnet that is typically worn during festivals and other celebratory events.    If you'd like to try to make your own, here are some instructions - Part 1 and Part 2

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