If you are like us, you appreciate the opportunity to have someone who is a great chef cook for you rather than spend the years and hours of work it took for the great chef to become the great chef.
There are foods that we enjoy every year at, say San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin’s Obon Festival that you look forward to no matter who is behind the tongs, spatulas, fryers, pots, rollers and grills.
These are community foods. They are foods this special community grew up with. There are always wonderful stories; reminiscences and jokes that come along with community food.
We hope you enjoy our stories and recipes. Some, you’ll see again at future Obon festivals and some you may not. They will stay in the past and new community foods and crews of cooks will begin new festival booths, sharing food of the day.
Whatever happens, just know that all the food at OBON is prepared by hundreds of volunteers over hundreds of hours and decades of recipe sharing.
You’ll see some of the actual poundage of ingredients, bags, pallets, pounds, gallons used and a story or historical context and then – an adjusted recipe that you can try at home!
We hope you enjoy the experience!
Obon @ Home
Cookbook Volunteer Crew
San Jose Buddhist Church
Check out the step by step process for putting on a Yukata!
Additional information are at: Kailey Wong & Miya Uenaka’s Obon Website
Do you like Treasure Hunts? Are you interested in learning and “visiting” places related to Obon. Then our Obon Internet Hunt is for you!
Using your internet access, this activity will guide kids (and those “kids at heart”) to learn interesting facts about Obon and then send you to places related to Obon around the world using Google Earth. If you finish, you’ll get access to a “kawaii”(cute) finisher’s certificate!
This activity is designed for middle school and high school students. It will require a printer (to print out some of the puzzle sheets) and a pencil as well as a decent internet access (to use Google Earth). It has been play tested on a smartphone but it’s best on a laptop.