Category Archives: San Jose Obon Festival
Traditional dance, music, food and games create a rich cultural experience at the 73rd annual version of this free outdoor festival presented by the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. In this episode you’ll learn how traditional Japanese drums inspire today’s … Continue reading
This is the beginning of our show about the 73rd Annual San Jose Obon Festival held in San Jose, California. To view the complete episode please click here.
Watch and learn from Roy Hirabayashi how San Jose Taiko has broadened and embellished an historical art form into a style that joins the traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with the beat of world rhythms including African, Balinese, Brazilian, Latin … Continue reading
The unique, ancient storytelling form, kamishibai, is given new life by authors/performers Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino. They draw upon classic folktales and original artwork to create Storycard Theater dramas. To view the complete episode please click here. To visit … Continue reading
Joni discusses the Buddhist religion with the speaker from the festival’s “Buddism 101” workshop, Reverend Gerald Sakamoto from the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. To view the complete episode please click here. To visit the church’s web site, go to: … Continue reading
Learn about the purpose of the Obon Festival and what it takes to put it on from festival chairman Jim McClure and past organizer Jimi Yamai: from the hundreds of volunteers to the tons of food and everything else that … Continue reading