Seattle Bon Odori
Sunday, Jul 21 4:00p to 10:00p
Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple Seattle, WA
Traditional Japanese Buddhist festival to celebrate and honor the lives of deceased family and friends.
Bon Odori Festival
Bon Odori 2012
July 21-22, 2012
Seattle Buddhist Temple
1427 S. Main, Seattle (
Bon Odori is a traditional summer festival in which we honor our ancestors who have passed on, remember and appreciate all they have done for us, and celebrate their ongoing presence in the lives we enjoy today.
Also known as Obon, the festival is an official Seafair event held on Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22 at the Seattle Buddhist Temple. The main event is traditional music and dancing in the street in a giant oval. Many festivalgoers dress in Japanese kimono or yukata. The event also features Japanese food booths and refreshment, taiko and martial arts performances, and craft exhibits and demonstrations.
More about Bon Odori
- Dance practice will run July 9-12 and July 16-17 from 7:30 to 9 pm at the temple.
- See a Q & A with Seattle Bon Odori festival organizer Ron Hamakawa from a 2009 article in MyNorthwest.com.
NOTE: For those who like to come early to save a spot on the grassy area next to the street, please wait until Friday midnight to do this for the safety of the volunteers who are working in that area late that night. If you come earlier, whatever you are using to mark your spot will be removed.