Obon Celebrations in Reedley, Sebastopol, Seaside, Sacramento

The following Obon celebrations will take place the weekend of July 7-8 in Northern and Central California.

Vendors include Yoshi’s chicken bowls and beef sticks, Lolo’s shaved ice, BWA’s somen, Jr. YBA’s mochi ice cream. Dancing begins at 8 p.m., featuring Fresno Gumyo Taiko. Tanabata will also be celebrated; make a wish and hang it on the tree. Hatsubon service at 10 a.m. with guest speaker Rev. Alan Sakamoto. Final dance practices on Tuesday, July 3, and Thursday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m.

Teriyaki chicken dinner plate, including potato salad, rice, and tea or coffee, for $13. Drive-through pick-up of boxed dinners opens at 8 a.m. Bonsai, handicrafts, raffle. On the outdoor stage: Bay Area Miyake Taiko at 11 a.m.; DeLeon Judo Club at 11:30 a.m.; Ensohza Minyoshu (folk music and dance) at 12:30 p.m.; Sonoma County Taiko at 1:30 p.m.; Takemusu Aikido of Sebastopol at 2:30 p.m.; Kevin Village Stone (Native flute and guitar) at 3:30 p.m.

Food choices include tempura prepared by chefs from local Japanese restaurants, sushi, beef teriyaki, udon, kushi katsu, gyoza, strawberry shortcake and ice cream. Gluten-free chicken karaage will be available this year. Entertainment: Shorinji Kempo, 12:15 p.m.; Aikido of Monterey, 1 p.m.; Bojuka Ryu/Botan Joshi Judo Kai, 2 p.m.; Shinsho Mugen Daiko, 3 p.m. Demonstrations: Tai chi and tea ceremony, 12:30 p.m.; bonsai, 1:30 p.m.; ikebana and tea ceremony, 2:30 p.m. Introduction to Buddhism at 2 p.m.; Obon service with Rev. Jay Shinseki at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to dance during Bon Odori at 4 p.m. Over 100 raffle prizes will be awarded, including the $2,000 grand prize. Plus games, bonsai and ikebana exhibits, Japanese goods and crafts for sale.

Enjoy an evening with taiko, Obon dancing and delicious food such as snow cones, chicken bowls and Spam musubi. Don’t forget to participate in a raffle for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Performance by Sacramento Taiko Dan at 6 p.m. Bon Odori begins at 6:30 p.m. Obon/Hatsubon service at 3 p.m. with guest speaker Rev. Matthew Hamasaki. Obon memorial cemetery visitations on Saturday at Elder Creek, 9 a.m.; Sacramento Memorial, 9:30 am.; East Lawn, 10:30 a.m. Final dance practices on Tuesday, July 3, and Thursday, July 5, at 7 p.m.

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