Festival helps commemorate loved ones

July 11, 2018 by  

The Obon festival is taking place next month in Portland.

The festival is based on a Japanese custom and is held annually to help people commemorate friends and family members they have lost. To do this, visitors can purchase a paper lantern that will be hung during the festival. It is also a celebration of life, culture and music.

There will also be traditional foods and drinks available for purchase, live entertainment from local musicians and community groups, and local vendors selling Japanese-related merchandise. Those performing at this year’s festival include the Minidoka Swing Band, the Susse Fusse folk dancers, the Sahomi Tachibana Dancers, and Portland Taiko.

A highlight of the evening will be the Bon Odori community dance. There will be lessons taking place in advance of the festival until August 4 so the public can learn all of the dances that will be performed. Guests are also encouraged to wear traditional costumes; gently used yukata and kimonos will be available for purchase before and during the festival.

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The Obon festival will be held at the Oregon Buddhist Temple on August 4 from 3:00 to 9:00 PM. Admission is free of charge. For the most current information about this event, call 503-234-9456.