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Obon Dance Workshop

Japanese American Historical Plaza
2 NW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97209, US (map)



As part of Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's new exhibit "American Obon: Dancing in Joy and Remembrance," Oregon Nikkei Endowment and Oregon Buddhist Temple are hosting a public Bon Odori workshop on Saturday, July 29, 6-8pm.

The summer obon festival is an eagerly anticipated event within Nikkei communities throughout North America. People come for the memorial observance, camaraderie, cultural performances, and food, but perhaps the most iconic element of the obon festival occurs when participants gather in a circle for the bon odori (obon dancing).

"American Obon" will trace the development of bon odori in North America. Curated by Dr. Wynn Kiyama (Portland State University and Portland Taiko), this exhibit will be the first of its kind in North America.

Please join us for this obon dance workshop at the Japanese American Historical Plaza, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Saturday July 29, 6-8pm.

Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Oregon Buddhist Temple