It is a precious photo which is shown Berkeley Station in 1888. Looking north side. At that time, it’s said that steam locomotive was placed on the ship and crossed San Fracisco Bay.



This building is exactly the same as the present one. It’s near Downtown Berkeley Station. 26219636_10155455781838661_4326514583393246171_n

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  I have known that the Bon Dance (Bon Odori Taikai) by Japanese Americans will be done in 66 Buddhist Charchs at least in the US (except Hawaii) as a part of the summer festival every year. That's exactly the same as Japan.
     Wherever there're the Buddhist Charchs,it seems to be done. The Bon Dance 
 Festival of San Francisco is scheduled to celebrate 86th anniversary this year. Taking these aspects into consideration, Japanese Americans must have regarded Bon Dance as a tradition to inherit in the Japanese culture. 
     Just picking up the event venues where I can go by car, the following list has been completed.

(Study on the Bon Dance in Hawaii)
This paper traces the history of Hawaii’s Bon dances and investigates 



  I have found an event of Bon Practice (お盆) and Bon Dance (盆踊り) in California. It'll be held in the Sacramento Buddhist Church from this week to next week.

     In short, Bon is one of Buddhist Festival. Bon means the period during which the spirit of the ancestor returns to its descendants and families once a year. In China, the priod is called Guijie (鬼節), The Japanese call it Obon (お盆)

          In Japanese customs, at the beginning of the period, we make a bonfire (迎え火Mukaebi), greet the spirit of our ancestors, and hold the memorial service for it. At the end of the period, we make a bonfire (送り火Okulibi) and see them to heaven. Today, many Japanese go to the tombs of their ancestors, set candles, and put flowers and sweets in Obon.

     By the way, It is not far from here to the Sacramento Buddhist Church where the Japanese American will hold the Bon events.It takes about 1.5 hours to drive to there. I haven't been to Sacramento, so I wanna go to see an Japanese Americans' Bon Odori on this occasion.

Buddhist Church of Sacramento

Study on the Bon Dance in the United States




【World War Ⅱ and the Japanese in America】Series No.39

The propaganda of Federal government was widely used during Japanese evacuation.
The movies below was made by the War Relocation Authority with the cooperation of the Office of War Information and the Office of Strategic Services.