Saturday, July 9, 2011

Obon Festival Going on Now!

Come enjoy the 76th annual San Jose Obon festival, a time when generations of families and friends come together and enjoy a rich cultural experience in one of the three remaining Japantowns in the United States.

Partake in the traditional dancing and indulge in Japanese favorites: sushi, beef and chicken teriyaki, gyoza, udon, tempura, and festival favorites such as corn on the cob and strawberry shortcake.

Special: Jack Matsuoka, a renowned cartoonist best known for the collection of cartoons that he drew during his imprisonment in the Poston detention camp, designed the Festival shirts as well as banners along Jackson St. in Japantown. He will be signing copies of his book, "Poston: Camp II, Block 211," at the ACCP Bookstore during the Festival.

The public is also invited to learn about Japanese symbols and practices in a brief "Buddhism 101" session at 11:30am and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday in the San Jose Buddhist Temple (640 North Fifth St).

SATURDAY, JULY 9th: 12pm-10pm
12:00 Food Booths Open
12:30 UC Berkley Taiko
1:00 Games/Bookstore Opens
2:00 Buddhism 101
3:00 Bingo Opens
4:00 UC Irvine - Jodaiko
5:30 San Jose Taiko
6:30 Chidori Band
7:30 Chidori 50th
7:45 Odori starts

SUNDAY, JULY 10th: 12pm-8pm
12:00 Food Booths Open
12:30 UC Berkley Taiko
1:00 Games Open
1:30 UC Irvine - Jodaiko
2:00 Buddhism 101/Bingo Opens
4:00 San Jose Taiko
5:00 Chidori Band
6:00 Odori starts
7:00 Raffle

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