Japanese Obon Festival
Saturday, August 24 noon- 3 pm (rain date: Sunday, August 25)
Shofuso, Japanese House & Garden, Lansdowne Dr and Horticultural Dr in Fairmount Park
[event hours: 11am - 5pm]
Dancing, taiko drumming, tea ceremony demonstrations, arts & crafts, festival games, vendors of food and home goods. Event is free and open to the public.
House & Garden admission: ($8 Seniors/students)
In Japan, summer is a time of traditional festivals. During either July or August, people return to hometowns or ancestral homes, and hang up lanterns so that the spirits (Buddhist belief) can find where they are going. During the day, people attend carnival-like events, and there is traditionally a community-specific Bon dance. At the end of the festival, lanterns are sent down rivers and streams to help guide the spirits back to the spirit world. People can be seen wearing “yukata,” a casual summer kimono at Obon. Come join in the celebration and also visit Philadelphia’s own authentic Shofuso Japanese House & Garden.
Additional information: http://japanphilly.org/?event=philadelphia-obon-festival-2&event_date=2019-08-24
Miyo Moriuchi will be the leader for this event.
Interested? Need a ride?
RSVP by Aug. 22: 717-634-0612 (call or text) or firstname.lastname@example.org