SEATTLE BON ODORI: A SUMMER TRADITION

Hello friends! I know its been awhile since we've updated the blog! A lot of things has happened since the summer started but we we're finally now able to get the chance to take a minute to reflect and write about our experiences thus far!

If you are local to Seattle or just happened to be in town this time of the year, we highly recommend checking out the Seattle Bon Odori Festival. For those that may be unfamiliar, Bon Odori - Also known as Obon, is an official Seafair event held at the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple. It is a traditional japanese summer festival that celebrates our ancestors who have passed on, remember and appreciate all they have done for us, and honor their ongoing presence in the lives we enjoy today.

The main event involves playing traditional music and dancing in the street in a giant oval. Many festival attendees dress in Japanese kimono, yukata or happi coats. The event also features Japanese food booths and refreshment, taiko and martial arts performances, and craft exhibits and demonstrations.

This year was extra special for us because my parents (Neela's Grandparents) were able to join us for the festivities. My husband and I have been going to Bon Odori for years (even before Neela was born!) and it has been a blessing to see her grow with each year we attend. 

OBON THROUGH THE YEARS |  Neela and her various Obon outfits;  BELOW:  GRANDPA, NEELA AND GRANDMA IN THEIR YUKATA/KIMONO WEAR

OBON THROUGH THE YEARS | Neela and her various Obon outfits; BELOW: GRANDPA, NEELA AND GRANDMA IN THEIR YUKATA/KIMONO WEAR

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Coming up to Bon Odori, i realized that we gave away Neela's old Yukata since she has almost completely outgrown it (see last picture on the collage above). Luckily, Uwajimaya Seattle came to the rescue and we were able to find this super cute yukata that had such vibrant colors.

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Do you or your family have a summer tradition? Let us know in the comments!