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Philadelphia Obon Festival

August 13, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Organizer: Shofuso Japanee House and Garden

Where: Shofuso

Lansdowne Dr & Horicultural Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19131 United States


Obon is a Japanese celebration of one’s ancestors. Each August, people return to their hometowns to remember the dead and reunite with loved ones. Obon is celebrated with regional dances called bon odori along with dances and other cultural celebrations.

The Philadelphia Obon Festival includes bon odori folk dances with Seabrook Minyo Dance Group, and taiko drumming performances by KyoDaiko, Hoh Daiko (Seabrook Buddhist Temple) and Casual Fifth. Attendees can also enjoy arts and crafts, a yukata dressing station, as well as a vendor market. The event will take place outside of Shofuso and is free and open to the public. Regular admission is required to visit Shofuso, and a separate ticket is required to participate in the Obon Lantern Lighting Ceremony.

Admission Price for students: $9

Lantern Lighting Ceremony: The cost of $25 includes a floating lantern. Observer (without lantern) is $15

In the event of inclement weather, Obon will be rescheduled to Sunday, August 14.