Welcome to the new Hongwanji Place Website!
Due to the Pandemic, we are not able to assemble in large crowds. So sadly, all of the Southern District Temples have cancelled or postponed their Obon Festivals for this year.
This is a lost opportunity to partake in one of our most significant observances, and it is also a loss of a major fund raising event for most Temples.
We will continue to monitor developments as we emerge from these "Stay at Home" requirements, and will provide updates on any rescheduled Obon events.
Some Temples are holding "virtual" Obon activities. Please visit Temple websites for more details.
Through the magic of You Tube, Zoom and other platforms, we can still enjoy Bon Odori this Summer:
Saturday, July 19th Pasadena Virtual Obon
(Demonstrations, Silent Auctions, Bon Odori (6:30PM))
Sunday, July 27th 11:00AM Venice Virtual Bon Odori
Saturday, August 15th 6:00PM BCA Virtual Bon Odori
Check Temple websites back for more details and updates!
You may still enjoy Bon Odori on your own. Each year, the Southern District schedules compulsory dances that are included in every Temple's Bon Odori. Here are the dances for 2020:
You can probably add all-time favorites One Plus One Ondo, Pokemon Ondo, and Tanko Bushi,
Visit our online store for your Bon Odori needs. While you may not be attending Obon Festivals this year, you still might want some new kachi kachi or tenuguis to use at home. And don't forget our "Images of Jodo Shinshu" uchiwa.