2017 Obon Festival
The Buddhist Church of Oakland will hold its Annual Obon Festival on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 3pm-9pm, on the Church grounds. This event features cultural displays and demonstrations, including Tea Ceremony, Koto performance, Taiko Drum performance, Flower Arranging display, along with live musical performances, climaxing with Japanese dancing on Jackson Street, for which the public is invited to participate! There will also be various Japanese foods available including BBQ Teriyaki Steak, Chicken and Short Ribs (kalbi), sushi, udon, curry, beer, soft drinks and more. Resident Minister, Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge will give a short tour and explanation of this historic Buddhist facility. There is no admission charge and the event is open to the public. The Church is located at 825 Jackson St. (at 9th), in Oakland, one block from the Lake Merritt BART station. Parking is limited and attendees are encouraged to take public transit or rideshare. For more information, please visit their website at buddhistchurchofoakland.org, or call 510-832-5988 during normal business hours.