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 regional dances called bon odori along with dances, music contests, and other cultural celebrations.
The Philadelphia Obon Festival includes bon odori folk dance, taiko drumming performances by KyoDaiko, and tea ceremony demonstrations by Urasenke Philadelphia. Attendees can also enjoy arts and crafts, classic summer festival games, and a yukata dressing station, as well as a vendor market with home goods, apparel, and food trucks. All events will take place outside of Shofuso and are free and open to the public. Regular admission ($12-2) is required to visit Shofuso.
In the event of inclement weather, Obon will be rescheduled to Sunday, August 25.
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Schedule of Events
11:00 AM – Arts & Crafts, Goldfish scooping and Tea ceremony begin
11:30 AM – Opening remarks
12:00 PM – KyoDaiko performance
1:00 PM – Bon odori
1:30 PM – KyoDaiko performance
2:10 PM – Yukata Demo
2:30 PM – Bon odori
3:10 PM – Watermelon breaking
3:30 PM – KyoDaiko performance
4:15 PM – Bon odori
4:45 PM – Closing remarks
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