You may have heard me talking about Obon festivals during some of our classes. Obon is a celebration of the ancestors, and a traditional time for homecomings. In the United States, it’s frequently associated with a cultural fair and taiko.
There’s a great online calendar of many Obon / cultural festivals occurring throughout the country. Hopefully many of you will make the Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend in Denver — it’s a great opportunity to take in a bit more Japanese-American culture, and see a few local taiko groups perform. There are many events on Saturday, including a performance by Denver Taiko, so you don’t event have to miss practice to go!
If any of you happen to find yourself in California in a couple weeks, I’ll be at the Monterey Peninsula Obon Festival; come and say hi!