Obon 2017


71st Annual Obon Festival
Sunday, July 9, 2017

1155 Noche Buena Street in Seaside, CA
Hours are noon – 5:00pm.

Enjoy delicious Japanese foods, entertainment, games, bonsai and ikebana exhibits, and Japanese goods and crafts for sale. Food choices include tempura prepared by chefs from local Japanese restaurants, sushi, beef teriyaki, udon (noodles in broth), kushi katsu (fried pork), gyoza (steamed dumpling with ground pork and vegetables), strawberry shortcake and ice cream. Gluten-free chicken karaage (fried chicken) will be available this year. Day-long entertainment features Taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations, and Japanese tea ceremony. Everyone is invited to dance during the bon odori, or community Japanese folk dancing. Over 100 raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the day, ending the festival with the $2,000 grand prize drawing. This is a free event, donations accepted.

For more information, please email obonfest@gmail.com or call 831-372-8181.

Go to Monterey Obon Facebook

Share this Post

2017 Obon Program

12:00 pm      Opening Ceremony (Yagura)
12:15 pm       Shorinji Kempo (Yagura)
12:30 pm       Monterey Bonsai Group (Indoor Stage)
12:30 pm       Tea Ceremony (sign up at the Team Room)
1:00 pm         Aikido of Monterey (Yagura)
1:30 pm         Tai Chi Demonstration – Rev. Hei Takarabe (Indoor Stage)
2:00 pm         Introduction to Buddhism – Rev. Jay Shinseki, Nick San Juan (Hondo)
2:00 pm         Salinas Kendo (Yagura)
2:30 pm         Ikebana Demonstration
2:30 pm         Tea Ceremony (sign up at the Tea Room)
3:00 pm         Shinsho Mugen Daiko (Taiko – Yagura)
3:30 pm         Obon Service, Rev. Jay Shinseki officiating (Hondo)
4:00 pm         Bon Odori Dance and Final Raffle Drawing (Yagura area)

Obon Volunteers at Work

Want to Volunteer?

We Need You!

Sign up to Volunteer!

Obon can not happen without the tireless volunteers. Please consider signing up to be a volunteer.

Click to Volunteer!