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Spokane Japanese Obon Festival 

When: Sat., July 26, 12-7 p.m. and Sun., July 27, 12-7 p.m. 2014
Phone: 534-7954
Price: Free admission
Get a taste of Japanese culture during Spokane Buddhist Temple’s annual Obon celebration, a 500-year-old Japanese tradition originated to honor ancestors’ spirits. Now, Obon is celebrated more like a family reunion, and this weekend’s celebration aims to share the event’s many traditions — and tasty Japanese food — with the local community. Featured performances and demonstrations include the Spokane Taiko drummers, Spokane Kendo’s fencing and swordplay, martial arts demos, a vocal performance by Narong Norasakkunkit and traditional Sumi-e ink painting by local artist Keiko Von Holt, among others. Don’t miss the traditional Bon Odori dance, at 6 pm both days.
— Chey Scott

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