Virtual Obon Odori and Hatsubon Service
Hatsubon Service on Zoom

Internal Event

We will conduct a Virtual Obon Odori on Zoom on July 10 and our annual Hatsubon Service on July 11.  You will need to register at to get a Zoom link for the service (see below).  There is also a regualr Dharma service for Obon at 9:30 on Facebook, no registration needed. 

Put on your yukata or happi coat and dance along with the Obon leaders for Virtual Obon Odori on Saturday July 10, at 7:00 pm on Zoom.  Feel free to turn on your camera to show off your dance moves or just sit back and watch.

You can practice before the virtual event on July 10. A week prior to virtual Obon Odori, tutorial videos will be published. Check our Facebook and websitepages for tutorials and get ready for the big night!

Registration for Obon is at


Hatsubon is a special observance of the First Obon Memorial, held in memory of those who have passed away in the last year (since our last Hatsubon Service in July 2020). It is an opportunity to reflect again on the wisdom and compassion that we received from our loved one and to reflect on our own life to recognize how precious it truly is.

With our temple being closed through the upcoming summer months, the Sacramento Betsuin’s Hatsubon Service will once again be held virtually, accessible through a private Zoom meeting link.

The challenging time of this pandemic has brought with it an unusual situation for us in preparing for Hatsubon this year. Because we have not been able to meet or visit in person for so many months, it has sometimes been difficult to know when someone has passed away. In some instances, it was because a family wished to keep the loss private; other times, a family did not know to contact the temple.

With this in mind, I am humbly requesting assistance from you, our sangha.

If you have lost a family member or friend in the last year, and you would like to have that person included in the Hatsubon Service, I would be grateful if you would email your RSVP by Monday, July 5, to, and include the following:

• Name of the individual to be included in the Hatsubon Service

• Date of birth;

• Date of passing;

• A favorite photograph; and

• A list of email addresses for yourself and those family members and friends who would like to attend.

You can also call the Betsuin office at (916) 446-0121 and leave a voicemail message with the same information. A slideshow with the names and photos of those we have recently lost will be played as part of our virtual Hatsubon Service. We will send the Zoom meeting link and instructions to everyone on your list so that joining in will take a simple click of a mouse!

Thank you in advance for your timely assistance with this important matter. Please share this request with others for whom it might be relevant. I look forward to having you join us for this most meaningful observance.  – Rev Matt