BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20190629T000000Z DTEND:20190630T000000Z DESCRIPTION:Every year the festival draws thousands of visitors from all ac ross Southern California to its booths to enjoy savory ethnic delights suc h as Chicken Teriyaki\, Chinese Chicken Salad\, Chirashi\, Sushi\, Spam Mu subi\, Cha Shu Bao\, Shu Mai\, Beef Teriyaki\, Udon\, and Somen. It featur es family-friendly games such as Fishing Derby\, Dough Ball\, Goldfish Gam e\, and Coin Toss\, as well as displays of Bonsai\, Calligraphy\, and Japa nese Dolls. Try your luck at our $1\,000 Raffle or the lively Bingo Game i n air-conditioned Sakaguchi Hall\, which also hosts the temple bookstore a nd Japanese Flea Market. From beautiful kimono and yukata to traditional t oys\, dishes\, and knick-knacks visit the flea market early as available i tems move fast. Visit the gym and dojo to watch our talented SFV Japanese American Community Center Clubs perform\, and then head to the yagura for taiko and Obon dancing.\nThe festival begins with taiko drummers drawing p eople to the festivities with their loud\, enthusiastic\, and boisterous p erformance. This is followed by hundreds of kimono\, yukata\, and happi co at clad dancers moving to the rhythms and melodies of both traditional and modern Japanese music\, all to celebrate the Buddhist "Festival of Joy\," started centuries ago as a religious custom to remember and express grati tude to deceased loved ones.\nFor many people of Japanese ancestry who can trace their roots back to the San Fernando Valley\, the summer would not be the summer without the SFVHBT Obon Festival. It is a tradition. It is f riends and families gathering to enjoy each other's company. It is neighbo rs getting to know each other. It is strangers getting acquainted and beco ming friends. It is numerous community organizations and their leaders com ing together and working cooperatively to ensure a meaningful experience f or all. It is a community.\nSo mark your calendars\, dust off your kachi-k achi\, tenugui\, and your uchiwa\; rustle up your yukata and get ready to eat\, dance\, and play the night away. While you're at it\, invite your fr iends\, neighbors\, and co-workers too! Everyone will appreciate the oppor tunity to share in the cultural experience and perpetuate the long-standin g tradition that is Obon. We look forward to seeing everyone there.&nbsp\; \n\nBon Odori begins at 7:00pm on 6/29 &amp\; 6:30pm on 6/30\n\nParking:&n bsp\;There is a large parking lot across the street. (Free)\n\n<strong>Sat urday\, June 29th</strong> hours: 4:30pm-10:00pm\n\n<strong>Sunday\, June 30th</strong> hours: 4:30pm-9:00pm SUMMARY:San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (SFVHBT) Obon Festiva l URL:/en/events/2019/06/29/san-fernando-valley-hongwanji-buddhist-temple-sfv / END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR