eat | play | dance

Japantown celebrates the San Jose Obon festival, a time when generations of families and friends come together and enjoy a rich cultural experience in one of the three remaining Japantowns in the United States.

Japantown’s largest festival with two days of game booths, food booths, the Chidori Band, three taiko performances each day including San Jose Taiko and over 1,200 dancers in colorful traditional festive wear each evening.


July 9, 2016 | 12:00pm – 10:00pm
July 10, 2016 | 12:00pm – 8:00pm


San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 North 5th Street
San Jose, CA

All practices run from 7:30pm – 8:45pm in the San Jose Betsuin gymnasium.

Monday, June 20th
Wednesday, June 22nd
Thursday, June 23rd
Monday, June 27th
Wednesday, June 29th
Thursday, June 30th


TIME SATURDAY | July 9th SUNDAY | July 10th
11:30 Temple open Temple open
11:30 Buddhism 101 Buddhism 101
12:00 Food Booths open Food Booths open
12:30 Stanford Taiko UC Berkeley Taiko
1:00 Games open Games open
1:00 Bookstore open Bookstore open
1:00 Meet the Author
1:30 UC Davis Taiko
2:00 Buddhism 101 Buddhism 101
3:00 UC Irvine Taiko
3:30 Buddhism 101 San Jose Taiko
4:00 Temple closes
4:00 Bingo opens Bingo opens
4:30 San Jose Taiko Chidori Band
5:30 Temple closes YamaSho-Kai
6:00 Chidori Band Odori starts
7:00 YamaSho-Kai
7:30 Odori starts