This is an invitation
Across the nation
A chance for the folks to meet

Oh, it doesn’t matter what you wear
Just as long as you are there

There’ll be dancin’
They’re dancin’ in the street

OBON FESTIVAL SEASON continues through August and marks the zenith of the Buddhist year. For a schedule of upcoming events click here. But more than a chance to take photos and eat Japanese comfort foods, obon is a Buddhist teaching come alive. Follow this link to a short note on the meaning of obon by J.K. Hirano of the Salt Lake Buddhist temple or click here for a less personalized explanation

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EKOJI BUDDHIST OBON—Members of this dynamic temple will dance, serve thousands of bento boxes and light candles of remembrance this weekend in Fairfax Station, VA, outside Washington, D.C.

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ONE MOM LEADS her brood in the bon odori at Tacoma (Washington) Buddhist Temple and another prepares her kids for the start of festivities at the Lodi Obon near Sacramento, CA. For more photos of the L.A. Zenshuji obon go here.

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