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Obon Festival 2012

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.

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  • Calvin

    I did not get to meet everyone but It was still fun enjoying the sight and sound

    July 16, 2012

  • Joe N.

    Wow. Glad you all had such a great time. I'd like to learn more traditional Japanese dances, watch good eiga ( movies :) ), and attend more Japanese cultural events. I'll post them as I see them. Mata minasan.

    July 15, 2012

  • Nicholas M.

    Perfect! It was such a nice event, my kids really had fun too, and the dances were really fun too, and the drummers were really nice too!

    July 15, 2012

  • yukiko n.

    Festiveal was nice. We had good time.

    July 15, 2012

  • Janice

    Fun!

    July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    i had a great time until it started to rain, then i left.

    i gave someone the best parking spot, too, because when i got into maryland, it was sunny skies all the way.

    at least i got to eat some homemade food and visit a new Buddhist Temple to me.

    i was sorry i did not get to meet Mr. Nam ... perhaps at our next event, Mr. Nam!

    July 15, 2012

  • Joe N.

    Drizzling on n off. Id bring an umbrella if ur coming

    July 14, 2012

  • Joe N.

    Really weak signal here but quite festive. Say hello if u see me. Grey fedora, bright red shirt and umbrella.

    July 14, 2012

  • Joe N.

    i don't see why you couldn't bring your kids, Nick. Food, music, dance, and culture. All very wholesome.

    July 13, 2012

  • Nicholas M.

    I've wanted to go to an Obon festival since '95, I watched Karate Kid 2 in Okinawa, and ever since then yeah, I checked with a Japanese American organization in Philly a few years ago, but the people I spoke to said it was more of a family event there, so thanks for organizing this event, would it be ok if I bring my children to this event?

    July 13, 2012

  • Rebecca

    Would it be possible to get a ride with someone? I live near Virginia Square but I can come to any metro. Thanks!

    July 13, 2012

  • Joe N.

    good grief, that's a lot of RSVPs. I have several people in the other Asian groups too. Thankfully, it's not a huge venue so you should run into me there. I look like Bruno Mars (from what people tell me) and will be wearing a gray fedora. If you want to hang out, text me at[masked]

    July 13, 2012

  • James S.

    I am going to Japan on the 25th and would love to talk with people who have been there before. Also, the video (in chrome) covers the rsvp button so I can't rsvp, but I'll be there

    July 8, 2012

  • Joe N.

    i'm going to get there early. parking was pretty bad last year.

    it is a family friendly event Dave. i remember doing the dance thing with Rose last year but i don't think u joined in :) if u want to do a nomikai or karaoke afterward somewhere else, let me know. there may be some places out in the Fairfax area.

    July 5, 2012

  • David S.

    I like to remind everyone who have signed up for the Obon Festival that this is a family oreinted festival. And since the festival is organized by the EKOJI Buddist Temple, there will be no alcoholic beverages for sale. No beer, no saki. I also checked with the temple and there will be no BYOBs. I know this Meetup Group is a Nomikai group, but the Obon festival is not a place to drink booze or to get drunk.

    June 29, 2012

  • Guy G.

    Maria:
    You should go. Great food and a happy time.

    June 17, 2012

  • Joe N.

    This is a huge outdoor festival. The very end where we honor the ancestors is solemn and we should be serious, observing silence. Otherwise it's quite lively and fun.

    The first video shows a group dance. I participated last year at the one in Ekoji. Sure I liked 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.

    Hope to see you all there!

    June 15, 2012

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