PASADENA — Pasadena Buddhist Temple will present “Obonathon,” a virtual Obon live event, on Saturday, July 18, at 4 p.m. on YouTube.

The temple’s first virtual telethon, hosted by long-time Obon emcee Jeanne Toshima, will bring you the best of the annual Obon Festival — the boom of the taiko drum; the quiet beauty of the tea ceremony; martial arts demonstrations; ikebana and bonsai; surprise guests and more. The schedule:

4 p.m.: Gassho by Rev. Gregory Gibbs, explanations of the show, and special welcomes.

4:10 p.m.: Virtual walkthrough and demonstrations. Tea ceremony, virtual marketplace, silent auction, martial arts, flower arranging, communitiy partners and taiko.

6 p.m.: Explanation of Bon Odori and practice videos.

6:30 p.m.: Bon Odori party. View the livestream of the Zoom party on YouTube. Go to to register. Link to YouTube and Facebook will be listed later.

The Silent Auction is already in progress and will conclude on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. This year’s auction offers goods and services that you can enjoy safe at home or when it is safe to venture out again.

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