2019 Obon Festival

| May 5, 2019
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2019 VHBT Obon Festival Poster

General Info

The VHBT Obon Festival will take place over the weekend of July 20-21, from 3PM-9PM. Come sample our teriyaki chicken bowl, vegetarian curry, chili dogs and chili rice, salad, spam musubi, and dangos for dessert. Fried wontons will be making a re-appearance following a one year hiatus! 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 2019 Obon Festival for VHBT.

$1,000 Sponsorships

  • In Memory of Minoru & Betty M. Hisashima
  • In Memory of Butch & Reva Hisashima
  • In Memory of Dino Belli, Mary Kujubu, Chikao Kujubu
  • In Memory of Reverend Sentoku & Emily Hideko Uyeda Mayeda
  • In Memory of Janet Mitsui Brown
  • In Memory of Mrs. May Fukuda
  • Eugene & Akemi Hayashibara, DDS
  • Milnes & Noriko Kurashige
  • The Sharp Family
  • The Tokirio Family
  • Anonymous

$500 Sponsorships

  • In Memory of Ray Enomoto
  • In Memory of Donna Nakagiri
  • Mari & Randy Tamura
  • Ron Wakabayashi & Jean Wong
  • Judy & Tom Yamaguchi
  • Ayako Masada

Odori Practice

There will be a total of seven odori practices at the temple:
  • June 26 (Wednesday)
  • June 28 (Friday)
  • July 1 (Monday)
  • July 3 (Wednesday)
  • July 10 (Wednesday)
  • July 12 (Friday)
  • July 15 (Monday)
All practices will be held from 7:00PM-8:30PM.

Volunteer

Would you like to help out at our obon festival? We rely heavily on volunteers to make our festival run smoothly and to insure that we can offer enough food and entertainment for all. If you can spare a couple of hours over the weekend, please click the link below and sign up for any booth that suits your interest.

Sign-up Genius

Southern District Obon Schedule

All times PM except for the start of the Las Vegas obon, which is 11:00 AM. (note: the table can be scrolled left & right on narrow screens)
Saturday Open Odori Close Sunday Open Odori Close
June
8 Arizona 5:00 6:45 9:00
22 Sun Valley 5:00 7:00 10:00 23 5:00 6:30 9:00
  West Covina 1:00 7:00 9:00
29 San Fernando 4:30 7:00 10:00 30 4:30 6:30 9:00
  Senshin 5:00 7:00 10:00
July
13 LA Betsuin 2:00 7:00 10:00 14 2:00 6:30 8:30
  Oxnard 1:00 6:00 8:30
20 OCBC 2:00 7:00 9:00 21 2:00 7:00 8:30
  Venice 3:00 7:00 9:00   3:00 7:00 9:00
  Pasadena 4:00 6:30 9:00   4:00 6:30 8:30
  Santa Barbara 12:00 1:30 & 4:00 5:00
27 Vista 12:00 6:30 8:00 28 12:00 6:30 8:00
  West LA 4:00 6:30 10:00   3:00 6:30 9:00
  Higashi 1:00 6:30 9:00   1:00 6:30 9:00
August
3 San Diego* N/A 6:30 9:00
  Las Vegas 11:00 12:45 3:30
10 Gardena 3:00 6:00 10:00 11 3:00 6:00 9:00

*San Diego Obon will be held @ Balboa Park.

Summary
Event
Obon Festival
Location
Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 12371 Braddock Dr.,Culver City,California-90230
Starting on
July 20, 2019
Ending on
July 21, 2019
Description
The VHBT Obon Festival will take place over the weekend of July 20-21, from 3PM-9PM. Odori practice begins Wednesday, June 26, from 7:00PM - 8:30PM.