OBON Festival

I headed down to San Jose over the weekend to attend the Japanese Obon (pronounced OH-Bone) Festival in San Jose’s Japantown. It’s been a good decade, since my SJSU days, when I try to recall the last time I went..but anyways, I figured it’d be nice to be in some warm, sunny SJ weather and hang out! And — Norma, me and my sis all got LEI’d!!

My friend George who works as a reporter at a rival station also met us down there, and since he’s Japanese-American, we kept asking him how to pronounce the different Japanese terms he knew – you know, so we could learn to say things the right way.


We ate at pretty much every booth there…BBQ Beef Teriyaki, Tempura, Gyoza, Udon, etc… They also had a BINGO tent which was fun, but nobody was able to get “BINGO!” See how intense Ade and Norms are…


Cousin Patrick also came by to partake in the festivities…


During the final part of the festival they perform a bunch of traditional Japanese dances and ask for everyone to participate…so George jumped in, donning his traditional garb! He’s even sporting his “karate kid” bandana…j/k But, doesn’t he fit right in with the kiddos?? 🙂