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Obon & Bon Odori Festivals 2017 - 2018 Calendar

Buddhist Church of Sacramento Obon Celebration Sacramento, CA
Gujō Odori Gujō, Japan
Fresno Buddhist Temple Obon Festival Fresno, CA
San Jose Betsuin Obon Festival San Jose, CA
Seattle Betsuin Bon Odori Festival Seattle, WA
Ocean World Sushi Bon Odori Festival Indianapolis, IN
San Diego Bon Odori San Diego, CA
Charlotte Bon Odori Festival Charlotte, NC
Gardena Buddhist Church Obon Festival & Bon Odori Gardena, CA
Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha Obon Festival Las Vegas, NV
Oakland Obon Festival Oakland, CA
Stockton Obon Odori & Cultural Bazaar Stockton, CA
Shinzen Friendship Garden Toro Nagashi Fresno, CA
Awa Odori Tokushima, Japan
Pensacola Bon Odori Festival Pensacola, FL

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Obon & Bon Odori Festivals

Obon, also known as the Festival of Lanterns, is a Japanese Buddhist tradition honoring those who have passed away. Bon Odori, a Japanese folk dance, is a major part of Obon. Just as Japanese culture has reached lands far beyond Japan, Obon and Bon Odori festivals have, too. These festivals take place in cities across the United States, from the Charlotte Bon Odori Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina, to the Fresno Buddhist Temple Obon Festival in Fresno, California. Gujō Odori in Gujō, Japan, is hundreds of years old and lasts close to a month. Alongside the Bon Odori, these festivals feature a profusion of Japanese culture, from Japanese food and taiko drums, to Buddhism talks and tea ceremonies.

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