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17 July 2018

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Thursday-Sunday, July 12-15
The Japanese American National Museum will bring its pop-up display of the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection, which was saved from the auction block in 2015 through the efforts of Japanese American community leaders and activists to the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 535 N. Fifth St., San Jose. Open to the public; included with museum admission. Website:

Saturday, July 14
Fresno Buddhist Temple’s Obon/Festival of Lanterns at Fresno Buddhist Dharma Center, 2690 E. Alluvial Ave., Fresno, on Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m. Asian-flair food, beverage and dessert booths open at 2 p.m. Carnival games, bake-walks, taiko start at 4 p.m. Bon Odori, memorial ceremony, taiko at 7:30 p.m. For more info, call (559) 442-4054,,

Saturday, July 14
Obon Odori at Berkeley Higashi Honganji, 1524 Oregon St., Berkeley, on Saturday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Held jointly with Berkeley Buddhist Temple, which will host next year. For more information, call (510) 841-1356, (510) 843-6933,,

Saturday, July 14
Obon Odori at Marysville Buddhist Temple, 125 B St., Marysville, on Saturday. Teriyaki chicken box dinners for $14 each starting at 3 p.m. Hatsubon/Obon service at 4 p.m. Dharma School sells snow cones, soft drinks, water at 5 p.m. Obon Odori at 7:30 p.m. Sacramento Taiko at 8:30 p.m., followed by Obon Odori finale. For more information, call (530) 743-6426,

Saturday-Sunday, July 14-15
The largest obon celebration in Northern California. The San Jose Buddhist Church Obon/Bazaar will be held on the street in front of the church located at 640 N. 5th St., in San Jose. For more information, call (408) 293-9292 or online at

Saturday-Sunday, July 14-15
Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church’s Annual Bazaar will be held Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 12 noon to 7 p.m. For more information, call the Church office at (510) 471-2581 or

Friday-Sunday, July 20-22
The 14th annual Sacramento Japanese Film Festival will be held at Crest Theater, 1013 K Street, Sacramento. For more information, go to

Saturday-Sunday, July 21-22
BCSF’s 80th Ginza Bazaar, 87th Bon Odori will be held Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Church office at (415) 776-3158 or

Sunday, July 22
Watsonville Buddhist Temple will hold its Obon Festival starting at 12 noon. The temple is located at 423 Bridge St. in Watsonville. For more info, call (831) 724-7860.

Saturday, July 28
The Japanese Cultural and Community Center is hosting a Tanabata kazari workshop to celebrate this Japanese holiday. Learn how to design and create your own mini kusudama kazari. a festive traditional decoration of streamers used to celebrate the Japanese Tanabata summer holiday held between July 7 and Aug. 8. The craft workshop will be held at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California from 1 to 3 p.m. All materials will be provided.  Must RSVP by Saturday, July 21.  Register by visiting For more information, call the center at (415) 567-5505.

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 4-5
The Nihonmachi Street Fair considers itself the original “melting pot” of street fairs, with many aspects of Asian-Pacific American life—and San Francisco’s cultural life—expressed through performance, tradition, art, music, food, and community outreach and service. This year’s Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in San Francisco’s Japantown (on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets).

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 4-5
Stockton Buddhist Church presents its annual Bon Odori and Cultural Bazaar at the church grounds, located at 2820 Shimizu Drive in Stockton. For more information, please contact the Stockton Buddhist Temple office at (209) 466-6701. Online at

Monday, Aug. 27
Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service will be presenting their 35th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament at The Villages Golf & Country Club to raise critical funds for the center’s seniors. Deadline for entry: Monday, Aug. 6. Entry fee: $190 per individual; includes a box lunch, green fee, cart, range balls, and one dinner per person. (Dinner only guest: $50). For more information, call (408) 294-2505 or online at