Join us on August 2nd and August 3rd as the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) and Buddhist Temple of San Diego (BTSD) host the annual Bon Odori Festival! We are proud to continue the tradition of celebrating the circle of life together, as done each summer in Japan for generations, and welcome everyone to join our celebration!
For two days, you will be able to enjoy a variety of merchants, engage in family-friendly activities, treat yourselves to Japanese festival foods, a beer garden, a tea & dessert garden, and experience cultural performances throughout each day! Each festival day will also be highlighted with traditional Bon Odori practices:
On August 2nd, you'll be able to make your own toro nagashi to either take home or set afloat at JFG. Lanterns will be sold at the Inamori Pavilion on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Lantern making kits will only be available until 5:00 PM. Lantern floating is scheduled for 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the lower garden.
On August 3rd, the festival extends out to the Organ Pavilion at 4:00 PM* where everyone will be invited to participate in the Bon Odori dance. The Organ Pavilion will be decorated with paper lanterns, Japanese folk tunes and taiko will fill the air, and dance leaders in traditional kimono will guide participants into a large dance circle!
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