BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.6021@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20190713T000000Z DTEND:20190713T000000Z DESCRIPTION:Ekoji Buddhist Temple Annual Summer Obon Festival\, go join the m for the ONLY Obon Festival in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area for over 40 years!&nbsp\;\n\nFamilies love to get together in the summer. In J apan\, a traditional summer celebration called Obon is a time to express g ratitude to loved ones who have passed on before us and to reflect on the influences they have had on our lives.\n\nAt the Ekoji Buddhist Temple in Fairfax Station\, Virginia\, they welcome families from every background t o experience the festive traditions of Japanese folk dancing\, Japanese dr umming or taiko\, and lighting a commemorative candle in their meditative garden to honor your ancesetors. This year\, they celebrate the 40th anniv ersary of the Obon Festival held at Ekoji.&nbsp\;\n\nObon is a cultural ex pereince\, featuring experiences such as Japanese folk dancing\, and taiko performances by three groups this year\, Nen Daiko (taiko ensamble of Eko ji Buddhist Temple)\, Dounen Daiko (Ekoji's youth taiko ensemble)\, and Mi yako Taiko (taiko performance group from the Mark H. Rooney Taiko School). Festivities continue with Hawaiian music by the Aloha Boys\, great Japane se inspired food\, specialty vendors and local artists\, temple tours\, fe stival games for all ages (to include this year\, a nature-inspired mini-g olf course)\, and kids' activities. The evening ends with a candlelight me morial\, in the Japanese garden\, honoring the memories of one's ancestors . Everyone is welcome to light a candle. It's a perfect summer evening fil led with unforgettable moments.&nbsp\;\n\nThere are plenty of great tastes to sample including grilled chicken\, teriyaki vegetable stir fry\, spam musubi\, sweet butter mochi\, specialty tea drinks\, and shave ice. And fo r dessert\, don't forget to stop by the International Dessert Hall for a s ampling of sweets from all over the world\, a celebration of Ekoji's diver se sangha.&nbsp\;\n\nThe festival is from 3:00pm-9:00pm rain or shine\, at the Ekoji Buddhist Temple. Admission is free\, some activities have a fee .&nbsp\; SUMMARY:40th Annual Ekoji Buddhist Temple Annual Summer Obon Festival URL:/en/events/2019/07/13/40th-annual-ekoji-buddhist-temple-annual-summer-o b/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR