Just a friendly reminder that we need your help to prepare for Obon weekend! We especially need volunteers on Sunday, July 7 – we want to construct as many booths as possible on our first Construction day. We were short on Chicken Cleaning help last year, so please consider helping this year if you can. The following major activities require LOTS of volunteers:


Date Day Time Task Comments
Jul 7 Sun 8:00am-12:00pm Construction Need 30 people. Meet in gym parking lot. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring gloves.
Jul 8-12


Mon-Fri 5:30pm-8:30pm Construction Need 30 people each day. Meet in gym parking lot. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring gloves.
Jul 11 Thur 6:00pm-9:00pm Chicken Cleaning Need 90 people. Directions: Enter through the small gate between the temple garden and gym or through the 6th St gate. High school age or older. Plenty of shears will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite cutting tools for trimming and cutting board. Tie hair in ponytail and wear hat (or hat will be provided). Wear old comfortable shoes (shoes will get dirty).
Jul 12 Fri 6:00pm-9:00pm Beef skewering Need lots of people! Meet in gym. Long hair must be tied back and secured (pony tail, baseball cap, head scarf).


You can sign up for one or more of the above shifts and MANY other shifts during Obon weekend using the following link:




If you decide at the last minute that you can volunteer, please inquire at the Raffle Booth during Obon weekend – we will have a list of shifts that still need help. If you have any questions, please send an email to: sjobonfestival@hotmail.com or call us. You can also check the church website for updates: www.sjbetsuin.com.


Thank you for supporting the San Jose Obon Festival!


Gloria Yamauchi (408) 607-1934 and Ed Shikada (408) 391-5016

2019 Obon Committee Manpower Chairpersons