Ekoji Buddhist Temple is celebrating its 31st Obon Festival on Saturday, July 14 at 5:30 p.m. with a full-evening of activities including traditional Japanese folk dancing, a memorial candle ceremony, children’s games and a taiko performance by Nen Daiko. 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.
The first video shows a group dance. I participated last year at the one in Ekoji. Sure I looked terrible but it was a lot of fun with friends. The second video shows the taiko drum performance they do every year. The last video is just general information about Obon Festival.
As is quite self-explanatory in the name, we are a very casual after-work/weekend group which obviously involves a LITTLE BIT of drinking. You do not have to speak Japanese nor drink to join us but show us the will to learn. Some members are impressively fluent (let alone our Japanese members).
This meetup offers a unique opportunity of learning Japanese in a very comfortable environment while beer amplifies our learning capacity of the Japanese language. Many people find themselves better at foreign languages when there is little alcohol in the system. (Not a scientific conclusion but many would agree..... ^_^)