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Obon Festival at the Ekoji Temple

Obon, or Bon, is a time of remembrance for our parents, grandparents and those who have come before us; it is a time to express our gratitude for all they have done for us, and for the interconnectedness of our lives.
Ekoji's biggest festival of the year opens on:
Saturday, July 13 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
with a full-evening of activities including food, dancing,music and games.
Performances by Japanese drummers Nen Daiko and the Aloha Boys, a local Hawaiian music group.
To ensure a guaranteed meal, please reserve your Bento dinners and
Spam Musubi.
Pay By:
Check or Paypal
(see instructions below)
Please share the attached food pre-order form
with your family, friends, and colleagues.
Food Available on Obon - July 13th
While Supplies Last
Chicken Teriyaki Bento, Spam Musubi, Gyu-don, Vegetarian rice bowls, Somen noodle dishes and "Ninja Dogs"
Pre-orderFood Costs:
Chicken Teriyaki Bento Box - $10 each
Spam Musubi - $3 each

By mail -

•Complete a Pre-Order Food Form and mail your completed form with check or cash to:
Ekoji Buddhist Temple
Obon Pre-Order
6500 Lakehaven Lane
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

By PayPal - via Ekoji's website
•Go to Home page
•Click on the DONATE link
•Log in to YOUR PayPal account
•Fill out PayPal
•In PayPal - Enter the total amount of order
◦ Enter " Obon Pre-Order"
•In NOTES box: Enter your order with quantities
◦ EX: 3 Chicken Teriyaki Bento: 2 Spam Musubi

In traditional Obon festivals, the yagura is often the central feature, serving as both a platform for the festival musicians and the point around which the dancers circle. The yagura committee is in the process of rebuilding some damaged sections of it so that this year, it will once again be the festive centerpiece of our festival, decorated in our Buddhist colors and lantern lights! Please volunteer to help us not only build the yagura for Obon, but also to take it down the day after, which is just as important!
This year we will have a performance stage at Obon! For the first time, Ekoji's Obon performances by the Aloha Boys and our own taiko group, Nen Daiko, will be raised off the ground over a foot to facilitate public enjoyment of our sounds of Obon. This large 30' x 30' stage is a DIY project that was donated to us and as such, will require a good number of hands to help build and take down. Please help volunteer for this very large project. We will be building the stage early in the week of Obon, taking it down sometime in the week after Obon.

Contact Lauren Ohata to volunteer: [masked]

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    Sorry! I didn't realize it was so soon (this Saturday). Next time!

    July 11, 2013

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