The Obon festival was a huge success. We had a playground of over 10 acres with San Jose Taiko starting us off. We also had ten music bikes with DJ Sharkie mixing the playlist as well and fire poi with Palm Who?. The San Jose Bike Party video crew was there to record the fun.
August is our hottest month of the year, so what a great month to have our No Pants Ride. This is always a fun ride to get creative.
Just remember, anything but pants. How about grass skirts, kilts, bathing suits, togas, robes, dresses (even on guys), sarongs, coats, bikinis. Check out some theme costumes from some of our earlier No Pants Rides.
August 21, 2015 at 7:30pm. Wheels hit the street at 8:00 pm. Start location and route to be announced at least 24 hours before ride time.
Photos: Richard Masoner, Carlos Babcock, Tian Harter
San Jose Bike Party celebrates Japantown’s 125th anniversary as well as the summer festival of Obon with San Jose Taiko.
Taiko, DJ’s, Fire Poi, Bike Sprint Races, and more
The month’s Obon Ride will start from Downtown San Jose and pass through Japantown before regrouping at the Berryessa Flea Market (Maybury Rd. entrance) for an amazing evening of Taiko performances and two popular San Jose DJs. DJ Live and DJ Sharkie will be on hand to provide dance beats at our big regroup at the Berryessa Flea Market. Guerillaz in Da Mixx will also be coordinating six synchronized music bikes along the ride with a bike party playlist.
The ride returns to downtown finishing at Plaza de Cesar Chavez.
Japantown Celebrating 125 years
A real gem in the Silicon Valley.
This year San Jose Japantown, one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States, celebrates 125 years. If you can make it ride out to the Japantown’s Obon Festival this weekend, July 11th and 12th. Here is a link to the festivities this weekend.
If you visiting next week for Bike Party check out some of the restaurants or other attractions in the area. Japantown is a very scenic, walkable San Jose neighborhood.