The One about the Visalia Obon Festival 2017

It’s Obon Festival time!!! I have blogged in the past about what an Obon Festival is and covered various events.  And now the first Obon festival that I attended in the Central Valley for 2017 took place in the city of Visalia, California in Tulare County. The Visalia Obon Festival, which is a smaller obon event, kicks off the Central Valley Obon Festivals and then the next is held in […]

The One about the Fresno Obon Festival 2016

On Saturday night, I attended the Fresno Obon Festival 2016 in Fresno, California. It was an interesting drive to Fresno, as traffic was at a standstill as police and highway patrol were everywhere monitoring the large crowds of anti-police brutality rallies where people were nearly spilling out towards the freeway and police trying to make sure they don’t hurt themselves. But I made it just in time and I enjoyed […]

The One about Obon Festivals

Since I was a college student, I have traveled and taken part in many Japanese obon festivals in California. Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors.  For over 500 years, this event has been celebrated and features a dance known as Bon-Odori. For many states, the Obon Festival season has started.  Obon according to Wikipedia is the Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits […]