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Obon Sounds off

By Chinami Daima

The North American Post

The White River Buddhist Temple in Auburn held its 48th annual Bon Odori last Saturday. A diverse crowd of participatns from the local community enjoyed 16 dances with instructors, cultural performances and foods. A Toro Nagashi (lantern parade) known as an annual event tradition was joined by dozens of children walking around to symbolize the floating of lanterns down the river.

“I like this event atmosphere,” said Joe Watanabe, an organizer of the event.

More Bon Odori events around Puget Sound will follow in the coming weeks including this Saturday at Tacoma Buddhist Temple in Tacoma and on Aug. 13 in Olympia. The Oregon Buddhist Temple will host their Bon Odori on Aug. 6.

More information can be found on the calendar page.

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The North American Post is a community newspaper that celebrates Japanese culture in the Greater Seattle area. Founded by 1st generation Japanese-Americans in 1902, the publication is one of the oldest minority-owned newspapers in the region. Today, with bilingual articles in English and Japanese, the publication connects readers with diverse cultural backgrounds to Seattle’s Japanese community. Our articles include local news, event calendars, restaurant reviews, Japanese cooking recipes, community interviews, and more.