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.
It was a beautiful day in downtown San Jose last Sunday and about 100 riders of all ages road through the streets celebrating the Independence Day weekend. Groovin’ on a Sunday Afternoon rides are daytime family rides for riders able to finish an eight mile route (generally 9 years old and above). Our playlist includes Motown favorites and oldies. Come join us next time.
Many San Jose Bike party faithful are familar with Dia de los Muertos and our (almost) annual ride to celebrate this holiday. The Japanese celebrate a similar festival in which they honor their spirits of their ancestors. During this time family member’s visit and clean their ancestors’ graves to celebrate their spirits return to the household alters.