San Jose Taiko has performed at various obon throughout California since its inception, making their first obon performance at the San Jose Japantown Obon in 1974. Here are some links for friends and fans of SJT who want to learn more about the cultural context of obon, and its importance both to us and the greater community.
San Jose Obon: July 14-15 in San Jose Japantown!
For more information visit the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin website.
What is obon?
Obon or “Festival of the Dead” is celebrated in Japanese-American communities all over the country in the middle of July or August. In America, obon has become a key event for both the Buddhist temples and the local community, as well as a celebration of the rich Japanese-American cultural heritage. Obon features bon odori folk dancing, live music and taiko, games, and lots of food.
Perspectives on obon
Thoughts and reflections on obon by members in the taiko and Japantown community.