Obon-dancingOn Sunday, August 21 from 11 am to 4 pm, Philadelphia will host its fourth annual Obon Festival! For the first time ever the event will be held at the ground outside of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden. While the location has changed, the spirit remains the same.

You can don your favorite yukata (or get some help putting it on at the festival); participate in a traditional bon dance; watch Kyo Daiko play taiko drums; make some origami, or decorate wind chimes or fans; drink some tea – All for free! Poi Dog will be onsite selling delicious Hawaiian cuisine. And for the regular admission, you can tour Shofuso Japanese House and take in the beauty of the gardens. You may even catch a pokemon or two.

Obon is a time in Japan where everyone returns home – even the spirits of your ancestors. It’s both a traditional celebration of your ancestors as well as a contemporary summer festival with music, food, and dance. Bon odori are dances that vary from place to place. If you’d like to share your hometown dance at our festival, please let us know.

Obon is a wonderful time to celebrate with family, we hope you can join us on August 21.

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