We've created the ultimate obon food bracket for you to download and enjoy with friends and family. We hope this bracket brings you joy and reminds you of the delicious tastes of obon.
Obon and matsuri season is a time to share our cultural traditions and pride within the community, but let's be honest: a good chunk of that pride has to do with the obon foods.
One of my biggest reasons for going obon hopping is to check out the highlight food booth or the creative new food booths at each festival. For this ultimate food bracket, I turned to the only other person I know who loves food more than me: Kevin Onishi.
In addition to his involvement in the broader Southern California Japanese American community, Kevin is still involved in his hometown community of San Jose. He volunteers at San Jose Obon in the beef skewers booth annually. We've obon hopped all throughout college, and would have continued to do so this summer, too.
In lieu of physically trying and sampling all the wonderful foods, we thought we'd bring you this bracket to keep the tastes at the tip of your tongue and memories. This bracket is just for fun, but we do hope it sparks serious debate and discussion with your friends and family.
Kevin has narrowed down his top contenders for our ultimate food bracket. We're also sharing Kevin's final bracket. As usual, his food opinions are controversial, but food critics know what they like! Feel free to download the document, and share with your friends!
No, we don't mean Christmas. For many Japanese Americans, the food, friendships, and frivolities found at cultural festivals across the country make summertime the most wonderful time of the year.
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We've created the ultimate obon food bracket for you to download and enjoy with friends and family. We hope this bracket brings you joy and reminds you of the delicious tastes of obon.Read More >>
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