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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1:30 AM


Sunday, July 8, 2012 – 63rd Annual Obon Dance Festival - FREE

Subway Directions: M, F, B, D to 42nd Street and Bryant Park

Contact Phone: (212) 678-0305

The New York Buddhist Church’s 63rd Annual Obon Odori (dance festival) takes place Sunday, July 8th in Bryant Park, 42nd Street and Avenue of the Americas, from 12:30-5:00 P.M. It features hours of fun, merriment, Japanese folk dancing, and taiko (Japanese drumming) performances, plus tables of activities for children and adults. Learn the art of paper folding at the Origami Workshop!

Much of the festival is devoted to dancing traditional folk dances, with hundreds of people participating, from novice to expert. It’s fun and easy for participants with little or no experience to join in. Additionally, there will be performances by the Tachibana Dance Group, Hoh Daiko, and Soh Daiko. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Obon is a Buddhist event and one of the most important traditions of the Japanese people. It is a period of remembering one’s ancestors. At Obon we can dance with joy and happiness, with thankful memories of our departed ancestors, friends, and mentors, recalling their care and compassion.

See pictures from earlier festivals in Bryant Park on our website:

Avenue of the Americas at 41st Street, 10036    google map | yahoo map

• Location: Bryant Park on Sixth Avenue Side, Other

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