Oregon Buddhist Temple - 3720 SE 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97202 - 503-234-9456

Obonfest 2010

Obonfest2010Oregon Buddhist Temple's Obonfest 2010 will be held on Saturday August 7, 2010 from 3:00 pm to 9:00pm. Obon is an annual Japanese festival commemorating one's ancestors.

Click here to see the photo album of a previous Obonfest.

Join us for food, gifts, entertainment and dancing. This year's Obonfest features -- 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)
Vendors: Michiko Selby (Oshie art using chiyogami paper), Miwa McCree (massage), Kaori Oya (Shiatsu massage), Hiroshi Ogawa (Japanese Pottery), Margie Yap from Sweet Persimmon (handmade purses and meditation products), Carolyn Woody (origami & Asian inspired crafts), Kinokuniya Bookstore (Japanese books, music, misc items) Others: Omiyage shop, T-shirt sale, children's corner


3:00 pm Obon Opens/Welcome
3:45 pm Tanuki Taiko
4:00 pm Portland Taiko*
4:15 pm Temple Talk
4:45 pm Portland Shotokan Karate Do
5:15 pm Temple Talk
5:45 pm Obon Service
6:00 pm Portland Taiko*
6:45 pm Obon Odori
7:45 pm Break (music only)
8:00 pm Obon Odori
9:00 pm Farewell

*Portland Taiko's appearance funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Portland Taiko donors.

Obon LanternsYou can order a lantern with your ancesteor's name written in Japanese caligraphy to be hung at the festival (click for order form).

Obonfest 2010 Flyer

Each year we prepare for 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.

We are fortunate to have Sahomi Tachibana to teach us the dances and lead the practices. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning on July 20, 2010 and running for 3 weeks until August 5, 2010, we learn the history of each dance, practice the choreography, and enjoy some low impact exercise. Practices are held at the temple and start at 7 p.m. and go until 9 p.m. Great friendships are made, and everyone has a delightful time.

Information on Bonodori (Obon Dances)

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

Obon Dance Practice

Obon Dance Practice