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

Obonfest 2016

Obon 2016 logoOregon Buddhist Temple's Obonfest 2016 will be held on Saturday August 6, 2016 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


3:00 pm Obonfest Opening Welcome
3:15 pm Minidoka Swing Band
3:45 pm Temple Talk
4:00 pm Susse Fusse International Folk Dance Troupe
5:00 pm Sahomi Tachibana Dancers
5:45 pm Temple Talk
6:00 pm Portland Taiko
6:45 pm Bon Dancers Service / Procession
7:00 pm Bon Odori Begins (Community Dance)
7:45 pm Bon Odori Intermission
8:00 pm Bon Odori Continues
8:50 pm Final Obon Odori Dance
9:00 pm Farewell

This year we are pleased to debut a new song, "Portland Ondo", during Bon Odori. This song was written by Oregon Buddhist Temple members and was choreographed by Sahomi Tachibana. The song and dance celebrates living in our wonderful town of Portland, Oregon.

Food items: Yakisoba, Yakiniku, Yakitori, Hot Dogs, Spam Musubi, Shave ice, Manju, Cold Somen, soft drinks, Beer Garden, Grilled Squid, Edamane, Tostito Kakimochi



Karen Fullerton


Kurumi Conley

Lunarcat Studios

Miwa Nishi

Sweet Persimmon


Others: Omiyage shop & children's corner


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 2016 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 19, 2016 and running for 3 weeks until August 4, 2016, 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 Bon Odori (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!

Tanko Bushi instruction video