Celebrate Japanese Culture and Tradition at the Mountain View Obon Festival and Bazaar

July 01, 2017

Here in San José we are immensely proud of the cultural diversity that makes our city and the surrounding area such a delightful and fascinating place to live and work. On Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16, the Mountain View Buddhist Temple invites the public to join them in celebrating Japanese culture at the Mountain View Obon Festival and Bazaar, which will feature fun and engaging activities for the whole family, including taiko (a traditional Japanese drum ensemble), authentic Japanese cuisine, crafts for kids, a flower shop, and more. Loosely organized in the pre-World War II days as the “Mountain View Japanese Association,” Mountain View’s thriving Japanese community was devastated by Japanese internment during the war. After emerging from this dark period of American history, the community showed its resilience in many ways, one of which was constructing a permanent center of worship and communal gathering. Designed by Berkeley architect Seiichi Kami, Mountain View Buddhist Temple was completed in 1957 and today still stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Japanese-American people.


Address: Mountain View Buddhist Temple, 575 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA 94043

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