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2019 - 40th Annual Ekoji Buddhist Temple Annual Summer Obon Festival (Saturday Only) Games, Japanese Dancing, Food, Taiko, Folk Dancing..Newly Listed

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Date: Saturday, 13 July, 2019       Time: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ekoji Buddhist Temple
6500 Lake Haven Lane
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Phone: (703) 239-0500
Website: Click to Visit

Ekoji Buddhist Temple Annual Summer Obon Festival, please come join us for the ONLY Obon Festival in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area for over 40 years! 

Families love to get together in the summer. In Japan, a traditional summer celebration called Obon is a time to express gratitude to loved ones who have passed on before us and to reflect on the influences they have had on our lives.

At the Ekoji Buddhist Temple in Fairfax Station, Virginia, we welcome families from every background to experience the festive traditions of Japanese folk dancing, Japanese drumming or taiko, and lighting a commemorative candle in our meditative garden to honor your ancestors. This year, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Obon Festival held at Ekoji.

Obon is a cultural experience, featuring experiences such as Japanese folk dancing, and taiko performances by three groups this year, Nen Daiko (taiko ensemble of Ekoji Buddhist Temple), Dounen Daiko (Ekoji’s youth taiko ensemble), and Miyako Taiko (taiko performance group from the Mark H. Rooney Taiko School). Festivities continue with Hawaiian music by the Aloha Boys, great Japanese inspired food, specialty vendors and local artists, temple tours, festival games for all ages (to include this year, a nature-inspired mini-golf course), and kids’ activities. Our evening ends with a candlelight memorial, in our Japanese garden, honoring our memories of one’s ancestors. Everyone is welcome to light a candle. It’s a perfect summer evening filled with unforgettable moments.

There are plenty of great tastes to sample including grilled chicken, teriyaki vegetable stir fry, spam musubi, sweet butter mochi, specialty tea drinks, and shave ice. And for dessert, don’t forget to stop by our International Desserts Hall for a sampling of sweets from all over the world, a celebration of Ekoji’s diverse sangha.

The festival is from 3:00-9:00 p.m. rain or shine, at the Ekoji Buddhist Temple at 6500 Lakehaven Lane in Fairfax Station, VA (near the corner of Burke Lake Road and Fairfax County Parkway). Admission is free, some activities have a fee.

For more information, please visit http://ekojiobonfestival.weebly.com/ or call (703) 239-0500.

Obon at Ekoji Buddhist Temple
The Obon at Ekoji Buddhist Temple is the only Obon in the Washington DC region.

Obon combines joyous activities such as dancing, drumming and great food with solemn aspects such as lighting a candle in memory of one’s ancestors.

Everyone is welcome to light a candle and have a quiet moment in the peaceful garden. It’s a perfect summer evening filled with unforgettable moments.

Obon Festival Scheduled
Japanese Folk Dancing
Great Food
Japanese Garden
Temple Tours
Candle Illumination

Obon Festival Date
July 13, 2019 - Saturday (Rain or Shine)

Obon Festival Times
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bon Odori Dance Schedule
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Bon Dance 

Entrance Costs

Obon Service
11:00 am - Sunday

Festival Obon Schedule
Candle illumination
Temple Tours
Japanese Garden
Children Games
Japanese Folk Dancing
Great food..


See Obon Festival & Dance Practice

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: of dance practices Ekoji Buddhist Temple


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Obon Festival Location
Ekoji Buddhist Temple, 6500 Lake Haven Lane, Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Obon Festival Title
2019 - 40th Annual Ekoji Buddhist Temple Annual Summer Obon Festival (Saturday Only) Games, Japanese Dancing, Food, Taiko, Folk Dancing..l

Saturday, 13 July, 2019


Ekoji Buddhist Temple

Phone: (703) 239-0500
Website: Click to Visit

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