Obon is a Japanese celebration of one’s ancestors. Each August, people return to their hometowns to remember the dead and reunite with loved ones. Obon is celebrated with festivities, especially dances called bon odori. These bon odori vary from place to place giving each Obon celebration a distinctive flavor.
On August 27, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden will host Philadelphia’s 5th Annual Obon celebration. The festivities will include the eponymous dances, taiko drumming, tea ceremony demonstrations, traditional games, arts & crafts, as well as a flea market and gift shop with vendors selling traditional goods. Poi Dog will be on hand selling Japanese Hawaiian fare. Join us for a day of celebration outside the gates of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden. All events are free and open to the public.
Schedule of events:
11:00 AM – Arts & crafts, goldfish scooping, and tea ceremony demonstrations by Urasenke Philadelphia begin
11:45 AM – Kyo Daiko taiko drumming performance
12:15 PM – Opening ceremony
12:30 PM – Bon odori
1:00 PM – Kyo Daiko performance
1:30 PM – Bon odori
2:00 PM – Yukata fashion show
2:30 PM – Watermelon breaking
2:45 PM – Kyo Daiko performance
3:15 PM – Bon odori
3:45 PM – Closing ceremony
Please note: schedule subject to change. In the event of inclement weather, Obon will be rescheduled to Sunday, September 3.