Obon & Toba Requests
It will soon be time for the annual Obon season. This is a time to pay homage and offer prayers to our deceased family and friends. Although we cannot see them, our ancestors are duly at our sides. They are watching over us, and it is because of them that our families may be happy.
We cordially invite you and your family to attend the Obon services to be held on the following dates and times:
Hatsubon Service* Obon Service with Hatsubon*, Toba-Eko, and Segaki
Saturday, July 8, 2023, 4 p.m. Sunday, July 9, 2023, 9:00 a.m.
Koboji’s Senior Advisor, Archbishop Esho Yagi, will officiate these services. He will be joined by Koboji’s Advisor, Bishop Sean Shimojima, and Reverend Keia Kawanishi.
If you would like to honor your ancestors by requesting prayers, please complete the attached form and return it to the temple by Tuesday, June 13, 2023. Ministers will carefully write your requests on thin wooden tablets called toba. A donation of $3 per toba is requested. Requests will not be taken on the day of the service.
If you would like to schedule a private Obon service or if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office. Additional information about Obon services, including Koboji’s Bon Dance schedule for July 7 and 8, can be found online at this page.
Thank you for taking the time to remember your loved ones. We look forward to your presence once again.
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