Although things are getting  better thanks to the vaccines, we have decided to do San Jose Obon@Home: もう一度! (“moichido” : one more time).

Join us Sunday, July 11th, as we again bring to your home the fun, the food, and the games of Obon! Watch live cooking demonstrations, participate in children’s crafts, and watch performances from San Jose Taiko, Chidori Band, and many more.

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Schedule of Events

Time Event Time Event
1:00 Welcome! Irrashai! 3:35 What is a Imagawayaki?
1:15 Meaning of Obon 3:40 Chochin Story
1:48 Obon Chalk Art 3:45 Making Imagawayaki
1:55 History of the Tempura Booth 3:50 Countering Anti-AAPI Violence
2:00 Collegiate Taiko #1 4:20 Obon Chalk Art (finish)
2:25 Fun & Games at the SJ Obon Festival 4:25 San Jose Taiko
2:35 Making Tempura: SJ Obon Way 5:00 Chidori Band
2:40 Collegiate Taiko #2 5:10 Obon Odori (dancing)
3:05 Obon Chalk Art 5:50 Thank you!
3:10 Buddhism 101 6:00 Credits

2021 Obon Merchandise!

Due to Santa Clara County regulations we are happy to share once again that we will be hosting “Obon@Home: Mo Ichido” in place of our in-person festival. While we are sad we can’t gather again in Japantown, we are excited to share what Obon 2022 will look like for San Jose! Please support this year’s “Obon@Home: Mo Ichido” by purchasing merchandise below! We appreciate all your support!

Thank you Garage Champs for helping out San Jose Obon by taking our merchandise online! If you have any questions regarding your order, please contact them directly at

Orders MUST be placed by July 16th, at 11:59PM. We cannot accept late orders.
Your items will ship approximately August 2nd, but this time frame is subject to delay due to UPS and USPS delays.. You will be notified via EMAIL when your order ships!


Giving in Gratitude

Though difficult to intertwine, the Betsuin relies on  funds raised during Obon. Every year we enjoy the food, performances, activities and Bon dancing at the festival. And year-round, the Betsuin is invaluable to so many of our community activities and organizations. Obon seems an appropriate time to reflect on all that we have and to give with gratitude. In the spirit of Obon, we hope you find this way of giving both meaningful and valuable. 

You may choose to donate In Memory Of (remembering a loved one), In Honor Of (recognizing a special person/group) or with any sentiment you choose.

Let’s celebrate Obon by remembering family and friends we have lost, mindful and grateful for how they continue to be a part of our lives.


Craft Zone!

Obon is more than dancing and eating. There are many traditional decorations and items that are associated with it. And many of them can be made as craft projects by kids of all ages. Here are some craft activities for Obon that come from the teachers at Lotus Preschool and the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Dharma School (Sunday school) teachers.

Check out a couple crafts we have put together to create at home!

Color my Obon!

Coloring is soooooo soothing for kids of all ages! These coloring pages are by our resident mangaka-in-training, Hitomi Kohno. In these pages, she highlights the quintessential parts of the Obon Festival like the Taiko drumming, the yummy food and of course, the Obon Odori (dancing). So get your inner artist on and color in these pages! Then go to the Facebook site and post a pic!

You may choose to download and print each one or print from the zip file of the entire collection.

How to Put on an Yukata

In an in-person Obon Festival, we have a literal army of volunteers who help people put on their yukata.

This year to help we asked our local expert, Megumi Riel, for her assistance in creating this video.

Megumi goes thru the basics as well as the finer pointers that could make that yukata fit perfectly!

More resources

2020, 2021 Obon Videos

2018 & 2019 Obon Videos

2018 Obon Photos | Joe Na, Joenagraphy