“The San Francisco Japantown Merchants Association’s Obon Odori will be held on Sunday, August 7 at the Japantown Peace Plaza at Post and Buchanan Streets. The event will feature popular singer Ayako Hosokawa, an Obon Odori at 1:30 p.m. led by Madame Michiya Hanayagi and yosakoi dancing at 2:30.
The public is invited to join in the festivities, including the Obon Odori dancing. Free dance practices for the Obon will be held on August 1 and 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at May’s Coffee Shop in the West Mall of the Japan Center (formerly Kintetsu Mall).
The entertainment schedule for the Obon is:
1:00 p.m. – Hanayagi Dance Group
1:15 p.m. – Ayako Hosokawa
1:30 p.m. – Obon Odori
2:30 p.m. – Yosakoi Dance
Obon is a Buddhist observance honoring the memory of one’s ancestors and those who have recently passed away. Remembering with those who have departed from our lives with joy and gratitude is a key theme in Obon as it is observed in the United States. Reflecting this spirit, all members of the community, regardless of religious affiliation, are encouraged to attend and join in the communal folk dancing, the Obon Odori.”
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“A festival with ethnic foods, games, BINGO, cultural exhibits, martial arts demonstrations, folk dancing (public invited to participate).
Stage Entertainment: MC Rodney Kageyama…. Nishi Center Kids, Ha-Aloha Polynesian Dancers, LA Matsuri Daiko, Jerry Kamei Jazz Band, San Fernando Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Choir, Music by Sunset Silhouette, Matsutoyo Kai, Taiko Project, Nippon Minyo Hoshuju Kai, Miyuki Matsunaga (geta dancer)”
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“Delicious foods such as Udon, Teriyaki , Sushi, Chinese Chicken Salad, and Fresh Roasted Corn on the Cob, Gyoza, Chili Rice, baked goods are some of the foods which will be available for purchase.
Demonstrations of Judo, Karate, Kendo and Tea Ceremony will be held. Festival-type games, exhibits of calligraphy/Sumi-E, and schoolwork completed by Japanese School Students will be featured on both days. As a special treat, LA Matsuri Taiko will be giving a special performance/demonstration during the Ondo break on Saturday.
After the demonstrations, please join in the Bon Odori dances. Bon dances are dances of joy so age or looks or experience should not inhibit anyone from entering the circle of dancers!”
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