The New York Buddhist Church

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331-332 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10025
Phone: 212-678-0305
Fax: 212-662-4502


New York Buddhist Church Celebrates Obon 2021 with Online Fundraising Events 

Beginning on Friday, July 9, 2021 through Obon Service on Sunday, July 11, 2021

New York Buddhist Church presents a series of celebratory and remembrance demonstrations and events 


 O-Bon festival, or Bon Odori, a Japanese Buddhist tradition of honoring the spirits of ancestors, will be held virtually this year.  

It will feature online celebratory O-Bon dances and taiko drumming performances, fashion, food, origami demonstrations,

an interactive fan decorating workshop and a memorial Obon/Hatsubon church service on Sunday, July 11.

*Events will be broadcast on NYBC’s Facebook Page and YouTube channel 

TO REGISTER FOR SPECIAL EVENTS: please follow these steps

1) register using this online link (CLICK HERE)
2) PAY using the link below or send check to: 

New York Buddhist Church, 331 Riverside Drive, NY, 10025  *Attn: Obon 2021

Friday, July 9th
7 p.m. EST:
  “O-Bon History and Recollections” with Rev. Earl Ikeda, NYBC Resident Minister, and Hoshina Seki, president, American Buddhist Study Center; followed by  “Obon Fashion and Accessories” with Yukiko Sato

 7:30 p.m. EST:  “Decorate your own Uchiwa (hand fan) workshop” with Mikio Sakai*

 Saturday, July 10

 7 p.m. EST:  “Traditional O-Bon Dances” with Sahotae Tachibana of the New York Tachibana Dance School,  “Soh Daiko Performances” with traditional O-Bon festival taiko drumming, “Origami Creations” with Mariko Kato, and “Okonomiyaki Cooking Demonstration” with Karl Palma

Sunday, July 11

 11:30 a.m. EST:  “Special Memorial Obon/Hatsubon Church Service” led by Rev. Earl Ikeda, NYBC Resident Minister, joined by Rev. Cheryl Joko Ikemiya and Rev. Isabelle Shinjo Bernard.

*Except for the interactive Uchiwa hand fan workshop, all of the NYBC O-Bon festival virtual events will be free of charge.