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Japanese dancing, drumming and food at Tacoma Bon Odori
August 4 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
This favorite Tacoma street festival features dozens of dancers wearing colorful kimonos, cotton yukatas and hapi coats as they perform Japanese folk dances in front of the Tacoma Buddhist Temple.
Other performances include drumming by Tacoma Fuji Taiko and Matsuri Taiko of Seattle and dancing by Tacoma Community College exchange students from Japan. Festival-goers can also browse through booths sponsored by the Tacoma Kendo and Iaido Club and the Japanese American Citizens League. Kids can fold paper origami creations and get their face painted.
Get there early to try foods with an Asian twist: teriyaki corn on the cob, cold somen noodles, shave ice, and rice bowls with choice of teriyaki chicken, unagi (eel) or tofu; Spam musubi (rice cakes); daifuku mochi (mochi is a sweet rice pastry), peanut butter mochi, and strawberry mochi. New this year are Tacoma dogs – a Mariner wiener on a hoagie bun dressed with grilled onions, teriyaki sauce and wasabi mayonnaise. Adults 21 and older can cool off in the beer garden.
The Bon Odori celebration, also known as Obon and Kangi-e (the gathering of joy), is a time to honor and express gratitude to one’s ancestors. The temple Japanese garden and pond will be surrounded by over 200 candles in memory of those who have gone before us. Join us at the end of the evening for a beautiful brief observance when the candles are lighted.
Free admission. Food items $2 to $8.