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Obonfest 2019 Festival - Oregon Buddhist Temple (Sat) Japanese Food, Beer Garden, Live Taiko, Bon Odori Dance..Newly Listed

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Date: Saturday, 3 August, 2019       Time: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oregon Buddhist Temple
3720 SE 34th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202

Website: Click to Visit

Obon is an annual Japanese festival commemorating one's ancestors. Traditionally it was believed that each year during Obon, the ancestors' spirits return to this world to visit their relatives. For Obon, lanterns are hung in front of houses to guide the spirits, obon dances (bon odori) are performed, graves are visited and food offerings are made at house altars and temples. OBT holds an Obon festival every year on the first Saturday of August. There is entertainment, bon odori (open to anybody), children's area and food and gifts are available for purchase.

Obonfest Festival is Here
Oregon Buddhist Temple will celebrate Obon Fest with plenty of great food, a Taiko performance, craft sales, and Bon Odori. This year OBT will be hanging chochins (paper lanterns), which have been personalized with the names of deceased loved ones and their date of passing. 

Background on Obon Fest
Each year we prepare for our OBONFEST, by practicing the dances that close the festival. It is an all-comers dance, so everyone is invited to join in the fun. It can be more enjoyable if you know the dances, and the practices themselves are great.

Obon Schedule
Join us for food, gifts, entertainment and dancing. Obonfest food items: yakisoba, yakiniku, yakitori, shave ice, manju, chirashi sushi, beer garden, soft drinks, Spam musubi Program: Tanuki Taiko, Portland Taiko*, Martial Arts Demonstration, Temple Talks, Bon Odori (public dance).

Obonfest Date
August 3, 2019

Obonfest Time 
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Obon Bon Odori Time
6:30 pm 

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Dance Practices for Obon Fest (Check Web site for practice schedule)
Dance practices will be held at the temple.

Bon odori practice dates for 2019
March 10th, April 14th, May 5th, June 9th, July 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th, August 1st - 2019

Dance lessons to learn the traditional Obon dances will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 pm at the temple beginning in July and running for 3 weeks until August.

Lessons are free and all are welcome. No experience is necessary. Come join us for one or all of the practices, kick up your heels, and prepare for (Japanese) OBON. Don't worry if you can't get to the practices, still plan on dancing with us at the festival. Just dance!

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Other Upcoming Oregon Obon Festivals

1) July 20th, 2019, Sat: Japan Nite Obon Festival by Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple

2) July 27, 2019, Sat: Eugene Oregon: Annual Obon & Taiko Festival at Alton Park

3) August 3, 2019, Sat: ObonFest! By Oregon Buddhist Temple

4) August 15-18, 2019: Portland Japanese Garden, O-Bon, the Spirit Festival  

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Celebrate the Japanese Culture food, performances and dancing.
(Please always confirm date & times, the schedule could change)

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Obonfest Festival Location
Oregon Buddhist Temple, 3720 SE 34th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202 

Obonfest Festival Title
Obonfest - Obon Fest Oregon Buddhist Temple Obon Festival (Sat only)




Saturday, 3 August, 2019

Event/Festival Contact

Oregon Buddhist Templ Office

Phone: (503) 234-9456
Website: Click to Visit

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