During Obon, festival-goers perform folk dances called bon odori. These folk dances began as a Buddhist practice, but have become secularized and are now associated with the Japanese summer festival season. Learn about the history of bon dance – and practice for the Obon Festival – on Saturday, July 30. Practice will take place outside of Shofuso from 12 – 4PM in two steps:
Taiko Practice 12 – 2PM (with Taiko Artist MacConnell)
Dance Practice 2 – 4PM (with Seabrook Minyo Dance Group)
Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and to dress appropriately for the weather. No previous dance experience is necessary. In case of rain, the practice will take place at the Sakura Pavillion (click here for directions).