Dennis A. Amith

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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 Reedley on the 1st, the […]

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 festival night as it […]

The One about the Visalia Obon Festival 2016

A few days ago, I posted a blog about Obon festivals and this weekend, I went to my first obon festival for 2016 in the city of Visalia, California on June 25th. Visalia is located in Central California and its literally in the center as San Francisco is 3.5 hours north, Los Angeles is 3 hours south, Sequoia National Park is under 40 minutes away and Fresno is only 43 miles north. According to Wikipedia, […]

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 of one’s ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian […]