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Japanese Buddhist Cultural Festival

Hanamatsuri: Celebrating the Birth of the Buddha

April 22, 2023 12pm - 6pm
150 Cedar Rd. Vista, CA 92083

Join Vista Buddhist Temple in celebrating and honoring the birth of

Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha

View the full festival program here

Free admission & parking

Link for directions


Learn about Shin Buddhism and meditation

Vista Buddhist Temple's Minister's Assistants will be sharing a Buddhist dharma message. Stop by the temple to pour sweet tea over the statue of the baby Buddha, which represents the gentle rain that fell in Lumbini Garden when Siddhartha was born.


Catch a Taiko performance

Come listen to the Vista Buddhist Temple Shokenji Taiko drum group perform some their greatest hits!

Pink Marble

Participate in Japanese cultural activities & entertainment

  • Watch a Judo demonstration

  • Try your hand at suminagashi paper marbling

  • Practice your Japanese with our Japanese Language School

  • Enjoy Japanese dancing

  • Win prizes at the game booth

Japanese Traditional Kimono

Try fresh, homestyle Japanese food

  • Chirashi

  • Spam Musubi

  • Inari sushi

  • Beef teriyaki

  • Japanese curry

  • Vista Buddhist Temple's Specialty Manju

  • Taikoyaki

Fresh Produce

Shop local produce, plants & flowers

A variety of local produce, flowers, and plants will be available for purchase

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Stop by the Marketplace for Japanese handmade crafts

Stop by the Marketplace where a variety of hand made crafts and small goods, including bags, teacups, and Vista Buddhist Temple swag, will be available for purchase during the gathering.

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