2010 / Obon Festival at Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, July 24-25

Higashi Obon Poster 2010

OBON is a traditional event to honor and express gratitude to the spirits of our ancestors, those before us who provided us with the gift of life. As a Buddhist Memorial Day, we reflect on our interdependence to our ancestors to rejoice our opportunity to encounter the Buddha’s teachings.

The Obon Festival is held as a celebration of the return of the spirits of our ancestors, featuring food, games, farmers market, flower market, tea ceremony demonstrations,  big bargain sale, traditional Bon Odori Dancing, and various types of entertainment.  (Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple)

Obon Hatsubon Service on Sunday, 11:00 am

Manto-e Services on Saturday and Sunday, 6:00 pm

Bon Odori on Saturday and Sunday, 6:30 pm

Ogaswara Ryu Sencha Matsumura Shachu Tea Ceremony on Sunday, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm

Stage Schedule

Saturday, July 24

1:30 Bodhi Tree

2:00 Chikara Daiko

2:30 Fujima Kansei Odori Kai

3:00 hereandnow


4:15 Live 4 Today

5:00 Bombu Taiko, Kitsune Taiko

6:00 Manto-e Service

6:30 Bon Odori dancing

Sunday, July 25

2:00 Kinnara Taiko

2:30 Lumbini Kids on Stage!

3:00 Ko Matsumoto Mixed Martial Arts

3:30 USA Sumo

4:15 June Kiramoto

5:00 Bombu Taiko, Kitsune Taiko

6:00 Manto-e Service

6:30 Bon Odori dancing

Guest MC: Rodney Kageyama

MANTO-E SERVICES- Both days – 6:00 p.m.

The tradition of Manto-e during the Obon Festival is to light the sky with “ten thousand lanterns”, originating about 1,200 years ago.

HIgashi Obon Parking Map

Parking will be available at the Medical Building on Third Street across from the temple at 420 East Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Entrance on Boyd Street.

Discounted maximum daily parking fee is $5. Users of the Medical Building will be given a complimentary Obon raffle ticket valued at $2. In order to receive discount voucher and raffle ticket, bring stubs to the raffle booth at the Obon Carnival.

For more information, contact Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple:

505 East Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

(213) 626-4200