2018 Obon Festival

| June 10, 2018
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2018 Venice Obon Poster

General Info

The VHBT Obon Festival will take place over the weekend of July 21-22, from 3PM-9PM. Come sample our teriyaki chicken bowl, vegetarian curry, chili dogs and chili rice, salad, spam musubi, and dangos for dessert. Odori (dancing) will run from 7:00PM-8:30PM on both evenings.

Obon Sponsors

We express our gratitude and appreciation to the individuals, families and businesses who are sponsors of the 2018 Obon Festival for VHBT.

$1,000 Sponsorships

  • In Memory of Minoru & Betty Hisashima
  • In Memory of Kho Iseda
  • In Memory of Mary M. Kujubu & Dino M. Belli
  • In Memory of Nancy Nakagiri
  • In Memory of Harue Ueki
  • In Honor of Rev. Kory Quon and Family
  • Anonymous Donor
  • Eugene and Akemi Hayashibara, DDS
  • Milnes & Noriko Kurashige
  • Ching Mayeda Family
  • The Nishina & Sharp Family
  • Saeki Family


$500 Sponsorships

  • In Memory of Mr. Gram Noriyuki
  • In Memory of Joseph Tachiki
  • Aya Masada
  • Sakura Japanese Restaurant
  • Mari & Randy Tamura
  • Ron Wakabayashi & Jean Wong
  • George & Sheryl Yamada

Odori Practice

There will be a total of six odori practices at the temple:

  • June 27 (Wednesday)
  • June 29 (Friday)
  • July 6 (Friday)
  • July 11 (Wednesday)
  • July 13 (Friday)
  • July 16 (Monday)

All practices will be held from 7:00PM-8:30PM.

Silent Auction

Our silent auction is now open and taking bids. We are once again using 32 Auctions as our auction platform, so if you have an account from last year, it’s still good this year.
  • 4 Field Box Seats for August 13th LA Dodgers vs. SF Giants w/VIP Parking
  • Keurig Mini Coffee Maker
  • 2 Single-Park Day Passes to Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure
  • 2 Tickets for the debut week of any production at the Pasadena Playhouse
  • 4 Unlimited Ride Wristbands to Pacific Park
  • Admission for 2 to the Hollywood Wax Museum
  • Hand Crafted Messenger Bag
  • Hand Crafted Carry-on/Tote Bag
  • Wyland: 25 Years at Sea Book
  • 6 Cases of Zevia Soda
  • 1 Year Family Membership to the Japanese American National Museum
  • $150 Catering Gift Card to Chick-fil-A
  • Admission for 4 to the Battleship USS Iowa Museum
  • 2 Passes to the Giraffe Tour at Malibu Wine Safari
  • LaDainian Tomlinson Commemorative Football
  • 4 Class Mini Ice Skating Lesson Set from Toyota Sports Center

Southern District Obon Schedule

All times PM except for the start of the Las Vegas obon, which is 11:00 AM, and San Diego obon, which will start at 10:00AM.
(note: the table can be scrolled left & right on narrow screens)

Saturday Open Odori Close Sunday Open Odori Close
June
9 Arizona 5:00 6:45 9:00
16 Sun Valley 5:00 7:00 10:00 17 5:00 6:30 9:00
23 San Fernando 4:30 7:00 10:00 24 4:30 6:30 9:00
  West Covina 1:00 7:00 9:00
30 Senshin 5:00 7:00 10:00
July
7 LA Betsuin 2:00 7:00 10:00 8 2:00 6:30 8:30
14 OCBC 2:00 7:00 9:00 15 2:00 7:00 8:30
  Oxnard 1:00 6:00 8:30
21 Venice 3:00 7:00 9:00 22 3:00 7:00 9:00
  Pasadena 4:00 6:30 9:00   4:00 6:30 8:30
  Santa Barbara 12:00 4:00 5:00
28 Vista 12:00 6:30 8:00   12:00 6:30 8:00
  Higashi 1:00 5:30 9:00   1:00 5:30 9:00
  West LA 4:00 6:30 10:00   3:00 6:30 9:00
August
4 Las Vegas 11:00 12:45 3:30
  San Diego* 10:00 6:30 9:00
11 Gardena 3:00 6:00 10:00 12 3:00 6:00 9:00

*San Diego Obon will be held @ Balboa Park.

Summary
Event
Venice Obon Festival
Location
Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 12371 Braddock Dr.,Culver City,CA-90230
Starting on
July 21, 2018
Ending on
July 22, 2018
Description
The VHBT Obon Festival will take place over the weekend of July 21-22, from 3PM-9PM. Odori practice begins Wednesday, June 27, from 7:00PM - 8:30PM.