The annual Obonfest, a Japanese Buddhist Festival, takes place this weekend in SE Portland. You know you live in one of the best places in America when even the Buddhist festival has a beer garden! Plus, the much-loved Portland Taiko will be performing. If you haven’t seen or heard of Portland Taiko, check out this video below. You can also get a free Obon dance lesson tonight (details below)!
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The Oregon Buddhist Temple
3720 SE 34th Ave (at Powell)
Portland, Oregon, 97202
Obon is an annual Japanese festival commemorating one’s ancestors.
Join us for food, gifts, entertainment and dancing. This year’s Obonfest features –
Food items: yakisoba, yakiniku, yakitori, shave ice, manju, chirashi sushi, beer garden, soft drinks, Spam musubi
Obon Festival Program: Tanuki Taiko, Portland Taiko*, Martial Arts Demonstration, Temple Talks, Bon Odori (public dance)
Vendors: Michiko Selby (Oshie art using chiyogami paper), Miwa McCree (massage), Kaori Oya (Shiatsu massage), Hiroshi Ogawa (Japanese Pottery), Margie Yap from Sweet Persimmon (handmade purses and meditation products), Karen Fullerton (notecards and art), Kinokuniya Bookstore (Japanese books, music, misc items)
Others: Omiyage shop, T-shirt sale, children’s corner, raffle
2011 Obonfest Schedule of Events, Dance Info, & Portland Taiko Video
Schedule Of Events:
3:00 pm Obon Opens/Welcome
4:00 pm Portland Taiko*
4:15 pm Temple Talk
5:00 pm Tanuki Taiko
5:15 pm Temple Talk
5:45 pm Obon Service (inside temple)
6:00 pm Portland Taiko*
6:30 pm Happyfunsmile
6:45 pm Obon Odori
7:45 pm Break (music only)
8:00 pm Obon Odori
8:45 pm Raffle Drawing
8:50 pm Final Dance
9:00 pm Farewell
You can order a lantern with your ancesteor’s name written in Japanese caligraphy to be hung at the festival (click for order form).
Bondori (Obon Dance):
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, 2011 and running for 3 weeks until August 4, 2011, 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.
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!
*Portland Taiko’s appearance funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Portland Taiko donors.