BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.5739@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20180803T000000Z DTEND:20180804T000000Z DESCRIPTION:Come and visit Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji for its annual ob on festival! On the island of Kaua&rsquo\;i we want to share our diverse m ulti-cultural heritage. The Bon (or Obon) festival celebrates our unique Japanese-American folk culture that has evolved in Hawai&rsquo\;i for ove r five generations. The Bon season is an important expression of religiou s traditions and Japanese folk culture in Hawai&rsquo\;i.&nbsp\; Typicall y\, a Bon festival includes dancing around a <em>yagura </em> (raised pla tform) to distinctive Bon odori (dancing) music with live performances in singing and <em>taiko</em> (drumming). Complementing the folk dance are fo od bazaar\, game booths\, and other displays of Japanese culture and arts. \n\nThe Zenshuji temple on Kaua&rsquo\;i had its beginnings when McBryde S ugar Company was expanding. Many villages\, called <em>camps</em> \, were established to house the imported plantation laborers.&nbsp\; In the fal l of 1899\, a group of recent Japanese immigrants were assigned to McBryd e and settled at Wahiawa\, Camp 3. The lack of a social core made life dif ficult for the camp residents until the Reverend Ryoun Kan arrived in 190 3\, initiating a change in people&rsquo\;s outlook of settling in a new p lace and forming a new community.&nbsp\; Reverend Kan started preaching i n a home\, then used the community hall\, and in 1904 built a combination church-language school.&nbsp\; Finally in 1918\, a main temple was built along with the minister&rsquo\;s residence.\n\nFriday\, 8/3 - 7:30-10:30 p.m.\n\nSaturday\, 8/4 - 7:30-10:30 p.m.\n\n<a href="https://kauaisotozen .org/">Learn more about Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji</a>\n\nPhone: (808) 245-2481 SUMMARY:Obon Festival - Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji URL:/en/events/2018/08/03/obon-festival-kauai-soto-zen-temple-zenshuji/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR