Vibrant, joyous, colorful!
The American obon festival is a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds with Buddhist rituals, hanging lanterns, food booths and games, music, and bon odori, communal dances encircling a central platform.
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center’s museum exhibit, American Obon: Dancing in Joy and Remembrance, explores the roots of obon and bon odori, their unique characteristics in the continental United States, the enduring legacy of Reverend Yoshio Iwanaga, and new developments within this venerable tradition.
In partnership with the Nikkei Legacy Center, please join Chris Dart, bon odori instructor at the Oregon Buddhist Temple, for an obon dance workshop at the Japanese American Historical Plaza, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Saturday July 29, 6-8 pm, free and open to the public.
Oregon Buddhist Temple will hold its annual summertime Obon Fest on Saturday, August 5 from 3-9 pm. The event will include food booths and a beer tent, kimono sale, temple services, and live performances. The bon odori (obon dance) will begin at 7 pm. This is a community dance and is open to everyone. If you attend the obon dance workshop above, you will be poised to join the dancing!