The following description was submitted by the event organizer.
ObonFest (Obon) is a summertime Japanese and Japanese-American memorial festival serving to commemorate one’s ancestors in a reflective and joyful way. Lanterns are hung, Bon Odori (Obon dancing) is performed, memorial visits are made and food is offered at home butsudans and temples.
Central to ObonFest is Bon Odori (Obon Dancing) These festive community dances invite everyone to celebrate and pay tribute to ancestors and those family members who have recently passed. Experienced Bon Odori dancers lead the group and all are encouraged to participate. Obon is for everyone: families, Buddhists, non-Buddhists, Japanese Americans and people from all backgrounds.
Oregon Buddhist Temple hosts the only Obon Festival in the region and has been doing so for over 60 years. Obon festivals are memorial celebrations held during summers in Japan as well as in Japanese heritage communities throughout the world.
At the festival, attendees will find their favorite Japanese street foods, gifts crafts, colorful Japanese dress (yukatas and happi coats) music by Portland Taiko and Bon Odori Dance – to observe and for joining in until the sun goes down.