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Humboldt’s First Obon Festival

August 14, 2022   4-8 pm
Creamery District, Arcata

Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one's ancestors. Our first obon had a blessing by a buddhist priest, shared the stories and traditions of Obon, provided an altar to honor our ancestors. Our festival also included food vendors (Asian and Pacific Islander cuisine), children’s activities, Bon dancing, performances by Humboldt Taiko and Hakuhachi performances by Rick Kruse.  HAPI is grateful to the many community volunteers that helped to organize this event If you would like to help with next years Obon festival, email HAPI at  HAPI is grateful for the sponsorship of the Humboldt Area Foundation and Wild Rivers Community Foundation.

We are thankful for the blessing of our Obon festival by Rinban Sakamoto from the San Jose Betsuin.

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Obon Dances

1. Bon Odori no Uta (uchiwa)
2. Matsumoto Bon Bob (uchiwa)
3. Soran Bushi
4. Ichi Tasu Ichi no Ondo
5. Tokyo Ondo
6. Unagappo Ondo
7. Tanko Bushi
8. Shiawasa Samba
9. Bon Odori no Uta (uchiwa)

Big Thank You to Sensei Craig Kurumada for teaching and sharing wonderful and fun Obon dances. The Obon lessons were free and also videos were available on-line.