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Bon Odori Workshop
June 29 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM$10
A festive workshop celebrating one of Japan’s favorite summer traditions!
In this workshop, we will learn several Bon odori (Bon dances) from instructor Noriko Nakamura. Bon odori is a style of Japanese folk dancing that is done at Obon – a festival honoring the spirits of one’s ancestors. Noriko will also teach us a bit about the origins of the dances as well what Obon means to Buddhists in Japan and here in the U.S.
Obon is a time to celebrate our loved ones and remember those who have passed away. Although there are solemn aspects of Obon, it is also a joyous festival including lots of great food, taiko, and dancing!
Bon odori can be done by everyone – young and old, experienced dancers and those who have never even seen it before! It is meant to be a time to be un-self-conscious and join with others in a communal experience… but it never hurts to know a bit more about bon odori before you try it, so you’re ready to throw yourself into the dancing without having to learn it all on the spot!
This workshop is open to ANYONE! No experience in dance or taiko required!
Once you’ve taken the workshop, be sure to save the date for the Ekoji Buddhist Temple’s Obon: Saturday, July 13, from 3-9pm.
Join us for a fun evening of dance and history and find out why one of our longtime students calls this workshop “the best idea that Mark has ever had”!
About our instructor
Noriko Nakamura has been one of three Obon dance instructors at Ekoji Buddhist Temple for the past 40 years, and, as a Buddhist PK (preacher’s kid!), has been obon dancing since she was a little girl. She also holds a natori (a professional stage name earned by those who excel in a particular school of traditional Japanese arts) in classical Japanese dance.
Thanks to Kris Ikejiri for the photos of Ekoji Obon!