Monday, June 20, 2011

O Bon Festival

O Bon is a Buddhist tradition that honors one's deceased ancestors.
It has been celebrated in Japan for over 500 years, I remember this for nearly my entire life. Friday and Saturday nights during Bon Season would be spent at the Bon Dance.

The temple decorated for O Bon.

My son was so excitd with all the lanters linned up.

This is the name of the church. They had it displayed in the hall where they set up for people to eat and the dancers to rest and eat as well.

The festival about to begin.
People start to line up infront of the food booths, dancers getting ready in their kimonos and the taiko drummers setting up inside the ring.


I love seeing all the women and men dress up and dance.
When I was young, they would go all out and dress in full kimonos.
Nowadays, you usually find them using only hapi coats.

What else do I love about O Bon?
The food!
Stay tunned for more on O Bon food!


Jessica said...

Looks fun! In their defense full kimonos aren't that great for dancing, especially the shoes. Plus I'd be afraid I'd spill something on it. Can't wait to see pics of the food!

Kanani said...

Oh how I miss O Bon! The food...oh my! LOL


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