2021 VHBT Obon

| May 18, 2021

| General Info | Sponsors | Opportunity Drawing |

| Silent Auction | Merchandise Sale | Odori Dancing |

| Dharma School Sponsored Obon Activities |

| Scavenger Hunt | Take-Away Fundraiser | Donors |

General Info

This year, we will once again have “Virtual” Obon Festival activities instead our usual Obon Festival activities at the temple. Most notably, we will have our Opportunity Drawing, Silent Auction, and Marketplace Merchandise Sale (T-Shirts, Backpacks, and Vaccination Card Holders). You can also become an Obon Sponsor.

Other activities may be added, depending on the status of “Stay at Home” restrictions and social distancing requirements. Please visit this web page and our Facebook page for updates.

Obon Sponsors

Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (VHBT) gratefully thanks and acknowledges SPONSORS of our 2021 Obon Commemoration. To become an Obon sponsor, please visit https://givebutter.com/VHBTObonSponsor or complete the form HERE. Thank you to our Sangha and community for your generous support!.

  • In Memory of Benjamin L. Abrantes
  • In Memory of Jim Akioka
  • In Memory of Ray Enomoto
  • In Memory of Butch and Reva Hisashima
  • In Memory of Minoru and Betty M. Hisashima
  • In Memory of Kho Iseda
  • In Memory of Shigeo Kita
  • In Memory of Kenji Koda
  • In Memory of Chikao & Mary Kujubu, Dino & Colleen Belli
  • In Memory of Min Kumagai
  • In Memory of Min Kumagai
  • In Memory of Kazuo and Kazuko Kuwada
  • In Memory of Dan Matsumura
  • In Memory of James & Akimi Mayeda
  • In Memory of Nancy Fumi (Mayeda) Saber
  • In Memory of Edward Toshiyuki Morimoto
  • In Memory of Donna Nakagiri
  • In Memory of Nancy Nakagiri
  • In Memory of Setsuji and Masuyo Nakao
  • In Memory of Frank Nishina
  • In Memory of Frank Nishina
  • In Memory of Gram & Lillian Noriyuki
  • In Memory of Yataro & Ake Obana, Hajime & Miwako Matsumoto
  • In Memory of Jane Oishi
  • In Memory of Sadao & Amy Okafuji
  • In memory of my mother, Ruby Okamoto
  • In Memory of George Oku
  • In Memory of Fumio Ozaki
  • In Memory of Haru Ozaki
  • In Memory of Minoru Ozaki
  • In Memory of Taye Sakauye
  • In Memory of Spud & Trea Shiraki
  • In Memory of Mary Hatsuye Somen
  • In Memory of Morikichi Somen
  • In Memory of Hiro Suzuki
  • In Memory of Curtis Tachiki, Love, Dad & Mom
  • In Memory of Joseph Tachiki, Love, Jiichan & Baachan
  • In Memory of Cyndy Uehara
  • In Memory of Sue Uematsu
  • In Memory of Gary Uyeno
  • In Memory of Betty and Tack Wong
  • In Memory of John & Mitsuko Yamamoto, George & Miyoko Koyama

  • Thank you VHBT for Your Support & Guidance Through the Pandemic
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Marty & Robyn Cohen
  • Kei & Tomoko Fukuda
  • Brycelyn Fukuji & Waldo Nakatsuki
  • Girl Scout Troop 5325
  • Akemi Hayashibara, DDS & Eugene Hayashibara, DDS
  • Phyllis & Eugene Hayashibara
  • Leonard & Gwen Imada
  • Milnes & Nori Kurashige
  • Marina Cub Pack 79
  • Ayako Masada
  • Emily Mayeda & Grant Sunoo & Family
  • Kenyon Mayeda & I-Wen Lai & Family
  • Nishina & Sharp Families
  • Robert & Leah Oye & Family
  • Ichiko Sakamoto
  • Hitoshi Shimizu
  • Ken & Sue Sogabe
  • Mari & Randy Tamura
  • Mike Tanaka
  • Carey & Vicki Tokirio & Family
  • Michiko Yamashita
  • Roseann Yoshida

  • Angel Maid Bakery
  • Kubota Mortuary
  • Union Bank of California

Opportunity Drawing

Our Opportunity Drawing offers the chance to win the Grand Prize of $1000 cash, or our 2nd and 3rd prizes of $500 and $300, respectively. In addition, through the generosity of local merchants and Temple members, a number of other prizes will be available.

The Drawing will be held on Sunday, July 18th, 2021 at 11:00AM, immediately following our Live Stream Sunday Service. Winners need not be present and will be notified by e-mail or phone.

Email us at obon@vhbt.org or call us at (310) 391-4351 for more information.

1st Prize - $1000 Cash

2nd Prize - $500 Cash

3rd Prize - Apple iPad

Gift Cards & Certificates (subject to change):

  • Aki Restaurant
  • Amazon
  • Benihana
  • CVS
  • Dinah's Family Restaurant
  • Harajuku Taproom
  • In-N-Out Burgers
  • Lucille's Barbecue
  • Macy's
  • Mitsuwa Marketplace
  • Paco's Tacos
  • Panda Express
  • Pinkberry
  • Sakura Japanese Restaurant
  • The Broad Museum
  • Tommy's Original World Famous Hamburgers
  • Trader Joe's
  • Urban Plates
And much more. ...

Silent Auction

Our 7th annual silent auction will open on June 19th for taking bids.

Visit www.32auctions.com/2021vhbtobon to see and bid on all of our auction items!

  • Follow the easy steps online to register to bid on 32auctions. If you have an account from last year, it’s still good this year.
  • You may enter your bid(s) online or take advantage of our “Buy It Now” option, which ensures you are the winning bidder.
  • Questions? Contact Aya Masada at (310) 418-1453 or Tommy Nakagiri at (310) 892-4686.

Bidding starts on June 19, 2021 at 9AM and closes on July 18, 2020 at 11 AM.

Marketplace Merchandise Sale

Our “virtual’ marketplace has the following for sale:

  • 2021 Obon T-Shirts
    Features our very special design, created by our own very talented Dustin Noriyuki. Available in Men’s and Women’s styles in blue for $22 and Children’s style in red for $20.

  • Obon Tote Bags
    Our Obon T-shirt design is also available on a tote bag (red or purple). $12 each.

  • Vaccination Card Holder
    Protect your vaccination card with this slim but sharp card holder. Fits perfect in a purse or backpack, or even in your pocket. $5 each.

  • “Dancer in Training” Drawstring Backpacks
    Made from our famous Dancer in Training T-Shirts, this black drawstring backpack was handmade and is designed for easy toting or wearing on your back. $20 each.

  • ”Dancer in Training” T-Shirts
    Caution, Obon Dancer in Training. These are the words that appears on the back of the shirt while the front has Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple over a pocket sized Sufarifuji (wisteria). $10 a shirt, or 3 for $20.

  • Venice Hongwanji Happi Coats
    Get an official Venice Hongwanji Happi Coat! The Happi is white with red lettering and trim. $75 each ($65 for temple members).

To purchase any of the items, you can Order Online or complete the Marketplace Order Form and return by mail or email. We will contact you to arrange pickup at the Temple. Shipping will be available for an additional cost – contact us for details.

Odori Dancing

Experience Obon Odori right in your living room!

Virtual Bon Odori
Dancing via Zoom
Saturday, July 17th at 7:00PM

Join Zoom Meeting
Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 889 5247 3222
Passcode: 232299

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Virtual Bon Odori Practice
Via Zoom

Mondays starting June 28th 7PM 
Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 812 7851 1781
Passcode: VHBTObon

Wednesdays starting June 30th 7PM
Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 839 3999 8450
Passcode: VHBTObon

Dharma School Sponsored Obon Activities

Vellum Paper Lantern Making
with Emily Kariya
Sat., July 17th at 10 am 
[ Instructions ]

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Rice Krispies Sushi Making
with Leslie Nakahara
Sat.,]uly 17th at 1 pm
[ Instructions ]

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Tenugui (Japanese Towel) Decorating
With Janis Ozaki
Sat., July 17th at 4 pm
[ Instructions ]

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for prizes
Sun., July 18th at 1 pm
[ Printable Bingo Card ]

If you would like to participate in any of the activities, please RSVP to ObonWorkshops@vhbt.org and a Zoom link will be sent as the date gets closer.

There will be a limited number of Lantern kits and tenugui that can be picked up from the Temple. Please let us know if you would like us to reserve one or both for you.

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Our popular Virtual Obon Scavenger Hunt is back again with another challenge!

While you won’t be able to play “Bumper Cars,” “Aloha Toss,” or Pack 79’s fun games, the Sangha Initiative group has created a Virtual Obon Scavenger Hunt where you and your team will have 12 hours to complete as many of the exciting missions as possible.

The missions are designed to be multi-generational and you don’t even have to be in the same household, or even the same city, state, or country!

This will be a fun and challenging event, and a chance to be creative, get moving, … and make memories. If you don’t have a team, you can register as an individual and you will be assigned to a team.

Click one of the following links to register:

[ Teams | Individuals ]

Please register by July 12.

Email matsubayashi08@me.com with any questions.

Take-Away Fundraiser

We will be having a “TAKE-AWAY Day at Marie Callender’s” on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Marie Callender’s West Los Angeles will donate 20% of our group’s food and beverage purchases (including whole pie purchases) to our organization on the above designated day.

To participate in our fundraising event, you must present this flyer or electronic version to your cashier when you order! Other coupons, discounts or scrip may not be used during our fundraising event.

Thank You to Our Opportunity Drawing and Silent Auction Donors

Aquarium of the Pacific
Aya Masada
Baba's Lawn Mower Shop
Barbara Fukuji
Brewyard Beer Company
California Hotel
Carey Tokirio
Cindy Ho
Dinah's Family Restaurant
Donna Shinozaki and Linda Akioka
Girl Scout Troup 5325
Glenn Ishikawa
Halper Fine Art
Harajuku Taproom
In-N-Out Burgers
Janis Toya
Jerry Iseda
Joan Nakagiri
Joan, Jon, Justin Ito
John Cohn
John Tsuruta
Joyce Enomoto
Judd Matsunaga
Julia Ueda
Kaylee Nguyen
Kenya Bovey
Malibu Wine Hikes
Mitchell Ida
Noe Yamabe
Norene Shinozaki
Norman and Yoshie Tachiki
Oriental Trading
Pacific Battleship Center - Battleship IOWA Museum
Pacific Park
Paco's Tacos
Patty Shinozaki
Peter and Sandra Bovey
Rev. Kory Quon
Rev. Ray Fukumoto
Ron Wakabayashi
Roseann Yoshida
Sandy Saeki
Scott Hada
Tammy Ito
The Broad
The Huntington
Tom Yamaguchi
Tommy Nakagiri
Total Wine & More
UCLA Athletics
Venice Hongwanji Adult Buddhist Association
Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Women's Association
Venice Hongwanji Dharma School

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