Obon 2018



72nd Annual Obon Festival Sunday,

July 8, 2018

1155 Noche Buena Street in Seaside, CA Hours are noon – 5:00pm.

Enjoy delicious Japanese foods, entertainment, games, bonsai and ikebana exhibits, and Japanese goods and crafts for sale. Food choices include tempura prepared by chefs from local Japanese restaurants, sushi, beef teriyaki, udon (noodles in broth), kushi katsu (fried pork), gyoza (steamed dumpling with ground pork and vegetables), strawberry shortcake and ice cream. Gluten-free chicken karaage (fried chicken) will be available this year. Day-long entertainment features Taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations, and Japanese tea ceremony. Everyone is invited to dance during the bon odori, or community Japanese folk dancing. Over 100 raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the day, ending the festival with the $2,000 grand prize drawing. This is a free event, donations accepted. For more information, please email obonfest@gmail.com or call 831-372-8181.

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Obon Festival 2018

Schedule of Events

12:00 noon      Opening Ceremony (Yagura)
All afternoon Ikebana and Bonsai Displays, Raffle Drawings
12:15 pm       Shorinji Kempo
12:30 pm       Tai Chi Demonstration
12:30 pm       Tea Ceremony (sign up at the Team Room)
1:00 pm         Aikido of Monterey
1:30 pm         Bonsai Demonstration
2:00 pm         Introduction to Buddhism
2:00 pm         Bojuka Ryu / Botan Joshi Judo Kai
2:30 pm         Ikebana Demonstration
2:30 pm         Tea Ceremony (sign up at the Tea Room)
3:00 pm         Shinsho Mugen Daiko (Taiko)
3:30 pm         Obon Service, Rev. Jay Shinseki officiating
4:00 pm         Bon Odori Dance, Final Raffle Drawing, Silent Auction and Quilt Raffle close

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