Destinations: Shoreline residents enjoying the Seafair Bon Odori festival

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Shoreline residents Gidget and Dennis Terpstra
at the Bon Odori festival in Seattle

By Dennis Terpstra

The Seattle Bon Odori Festival is an annual Seafair community event, held this year on July 15-16 in Seattle's International District.

Gidget participating in a group dance
Photo by Dennis Terpstra
Everyone is welcome to participate in the traditional Japanese folk dancing in a giant oval in the street.
Gidget's traditional kimono
Photo by Dennis Terpstra

Many wear the colorful traditional Japanese kimonos, yukata and happi coats.

People also enjoy the entertainment, food booths and refreshments, taiko drumming, and crafts exhibits.

Dances often depict a group such as fishermen, coal miners, or baseball.

Traditional or current popular music may be played.

The Obon festival, about 500 years old, traditionally celebrates and gives thanks for the blessings of those who have gone on before.

Today it has become more associated as a fun community summer festival.


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