= = OBON FESTIVAL = =

Saturday & Sunday
July 26 & 27, 2014
12 Noon - 8:00 PM
Everyone Welcome * Free Admission * Free Parking


Festival Flyer
Click here to see flyer.

Festival Schedule

(schedule subject to change)

Saturday, July 26

1:00 == TAIKO DRUMMING (Jodaiko) == Jodaiko (“passionate drumming” in Japanese) will open the festival’s entertainment with what will certainly be very passionate drumming, as anyone who saw them at last year’s Obon can attest. Jodaiko is a collegiate taiko group based on the main campus of UC Irvine.

1:45 == SUMI-E DEMONSTRATION (Kazue Kawamata) = Sumi-e is an art form of ink and wash painting that originated in China and was brought to Japan by Zen Buddhist monks in the mid-14th century.

2:30 == INTRODUCTION TO BON ODORI (Elaine Marume) == Learn and practice some of the popular Bon Odori Japanese folk dances in preparation for the evening of dancing.

3:15 == AIKIDO MARTIAL ARTS DEMO (Sensei Janine Williams, Encinitas Aikido) == Aikido is the Japanese martial art of harmony. Practitioners defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.

4:00 == INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM (Reverend Jon Turner from Orange County Buddhist Church) == Learn about Buddhism and bring your questions.

5:15 == TAIKO DRUMMING (Junior Taiko Group & Shokenji Taiko of Vista Buddhist Temple) == Japanese-American Buddhist taiko drumming as performed by the temple's youth and adult groups.

6:30 - 7:45 == BON ODORI JAPANESE FOLK DANCING == Everyone is invited to join in the dance circle! No special attire or experience is required. The dances consist of simple, repetitive movements that tell stories about coalminers, farmers, country life, and more, all accompanied by the rhythmic beat of a taiko drum.

Sunday, July 27

1:00 == TAIKO DRUMMING (Naruwan Taiko) == Naruwan means “welcome” in the indigenous Taiwanese Ami language. NaruwanTaiko will open Sunday's festivities with their own brand of passionate, exciting taiko drumming.

1:45 == YUKATA & SUMMER KIMONO FASHION SHOW (San Diego Kimono Club; Kimono Dressing & Rental - Yuko Niwa) == A colorful fashion show featuring the yukata (informal, cotton kimono); ro or sha (semi-formal summer kimono made of sheer or silk gauze material); and different styles of obi (sash) musubi knots.

2:30 == INTRODUCTION TO BON ODORI (Elaine Marume) == Learn and practice some of the popular Bon Odori Japanese folk dances in preparation for the evening of dancing.

3:15 == KOTO MUSIC PERFORMANCE (Yuki Easter & Southern California Koto Ensemble) == The koto is considered the national instrument of Japan. Enjoy the harplike sounds in this performance.

4:15 == INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM (Reverend Bill Dearth from Orange County Buddhist Church) == Learn about Buddhism and bring your questions.

5:15 == TAIKO DRUMMING (Junior Taiko Group & Shokenji Taiko of Vista Buddhist Temple) == Japanese-American Buddhist taiko drumming as performed by the temple's youth and adult groups.

6:30 - 7:45 == BON ODORI JAPANESE FOLK DANCING == Everyone is invited to join in the dance circle! No special attire or experience is required. The dances consist of simple, repetitive movements that tell stories about coalminers, farmers, country life, and more, all accompanied by the rhythmic beat of a taiko drum.

Exhibit

PHOTO EXHIBIT == Ken Shin: Seer of Truth, Images from Nishi Hongwanji, Jodo Shinshu's* Mother Temple in Kyoto, Japan. These photographic images, captured by Felix Bonomo, a member of the Vista Buddhist Temple, were taken at Jodo Shinshu's main temple in Kyoto during the 841st anniversary of the birth its founder, Shinran Shonin. They are visual expressions of Shinran's vision of the truth, as revealed in the everyday life of the temple and its members.

This exhibit will be displayed in the temple main hall:
Saturday, 12:00-4:00 PM
Sunday, 12:00-2:30 PM

*Jodo Shinshu is known in English as Shin Buddhism.

Other

SILENT AUCTION OF ASIAN ITEMS

BEADED FLOWER DISPLAY & CRAFTS == Mieko Tanaka and her students from the Rainbow Bead Flower School display intricate flower arrangements made from beads and also sell a variety of beaded craft items.

SUMI-E (JAPANESE BRUSH PAINTING) == Display of artwork as well as sale of sumi-e notecards and T-shirts -- by the Vista Sum-ie Class, Sumi-e Art Club, and Kazue Kawamata

BUDDHIST BOOKSTORE

FRESH PRODUCE for sale

CUT FLOWERS AND PLANTS for sale

TUPPERWARE for sale

Food for Sale

(available until 6 PM or until sold out... whichever comes first)

MAIN DISHES: Beef Teriyaki -- Chicken Teriyaki -- Hot Dogs -- Japanese Curry (vegetarian) -- Okinawan Soba Noodle Soup -- Somen Noodle Salad -- Spam Musubi -- Sushi -- Udon Noodle Soup -- Won Ton -- Yakisoba Noodles (vegetarian)

SWEET TREATS: Fruit Salad -- Manju -- Mochi Ice Cream -- Snow Cones & Kintoki Snow Cones -- Taikoyaki

Children's Games
Goldfish Game and other carnival games & prizes for children
Raffle ($2 ticket)
First Prize $1,000 -- Second Prize $500 -- Third Prize $100 in Gift Certificates -- and many additional prizes
Parking

Festival parking is free. You can park in the following places:

1. in the temple parking lot

2. on the street

3. on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Scripps Medical Center Parking Structure next door (1st floor is for patient parking only)

Map/Directions
map/directions to Vista Buddhist Temple