Episode 3 – 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 performers; discover the basics of Buddhism; find out how ancient storytelling techniques have been given a modern twist; and understand what it takes to put on a large community festival. The finale features hundreds of people in traditional kimonos or hapi coats dancing in the street. Length 49 min. 17 sec.

If you do not have time to watch the entire episode in one sitting, view individual chapters:

| 1 Introduction | 2 San Jose Taiko | 3 Storycard Theater |
| 4 Buddhism 101 | 5 About the Festival | 6 Closing Dance |

To visit this event’s web site, go to: www.sjbetsuin.com.

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