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Enjoy Japanese food, music, dance at Obonfest

Everyone is invited to experience Obonfest on Sat., August 6 at the Oregon Buddhist Temple in Portland. Guests can participate in dance classes, delicious food, entertainment, and volunteering.obon
Obonfest (Obon) is a summertime Japanese (and Japanese-American) festival commemorating one’s ancestors. In their honor, lanterns are hung, Bon Odori (Obon dance) is performed, memorial visits are made, and food is offered at home butsudans and temples.
Oregon Buddhist Temple celebrates Obonfest annually on the first Saturday of August with hundreds of participants enjoying the festivities each year. Other Jodo Shinshu Temples related to Buddhist Churches of America celebrate in the summer months as well. In California, Washington State, and Hawaii temples celebrate Obon, and it is often a cornerstone to a temple’s fundraising efforts.
Central to Obonfest is Bon Odori (Obon dance). These joyful dances invite the community to celebrate and pay tribute to ancestors and those family members who have more recently passed. Each year experienced Bon Odori dancers lead the group, and all are encouraged to participate and follow along. Popular dances include the traditional Tankobushi, or coal miner’sdance, as well as more contemporary dances like Baseball Odori.
All are welcome families, non-Buddhist neighbors, and fun-loving food lovers. There is no entrance fee to come and enjoy.
The Oregon Buddhist Temple
3720 SE 34th Ave.
Portland, OR 97202
Date:  Saturday August 6, 2016
Time: 3pm – 9pm