Obon Festival hosted by Buddhist Temple of San Diego and San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden

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Aug 20174 Aug 20175

Balboa Park
Balboa Park
San Diego, California
United States


Join us this summer as the Japanese Friendship Garden and Buddhist Temple of San Diego host the annual Obon Festival! We are proud to continue the tradition of celebrating the circle of life together, as done each summer in Japan for generations, and welcome everyone to join our celebration!

For two days, you will be able enjoy a variety of merchants, engage in family friendly activities, treat yourselves to Japanese festival foods, a beer garden, a tea & dessert garden, and experience cultural performances throughout each day!
Each festival day will aslo be highlighted with traditional Obon practices. On August 4th,you'll be able to make your own toro nagashi to either take home or send down the stream at the Japanese Friendship Garden. Lantern floating is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM at the lower garden. On August 5th, the festival extends out to the Organ Pavilion in the evening where everyone will be invited to participate in the Bon Odori dance. The Organ Pavilion will be decorated with paper lanterns, Japanese folk tunes and taiko will fill the air, and dance leaders in traditional kimono will guide participants into a large dance circle!

The mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego is to educate, engage, and inspire present and future generations of diverse backgrounds about Japanese culture and community legacy. The Japanese Friendship Garden is an expression of friendship between San Diego and its sister city, Yokohama. It illustrates two cultures and creates an immersive experience into Japanese culture. The Garden’s design is based on centuries-old Japanese techniques adapted to San Diego’s climate and florae and seeks to foster a relationship between humans and nature, providing a respite attuned to Japanese simplicity, serenity, and aestheticism.

Friday, 08/04/17 - 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, 08/05/17 - 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Odori: 6:30 p.m.

Learn more about the Buddhist Temple of San Diego
Learn more about the San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden

 

daniyang8 . Last modified Jun 24 2017 3:30 p.m.


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