Bon Odori Festival

Bon Odori Festival

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by Dayvee Sutton

WCNC.com

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 12:44 PM

Japanese culture is so rich and colorful and this Saturday there is an opportunity for you to experience it here in Charlotte at the Bon Odori festival.

Celebrating its 29th year, the festival has meaning in its name: Bon is the time in August and a time to celebrate Japanese ancestors. The event is from 11a to 4pm on Saturday August 3rd, starting with opening ceremonies that features the Japanese drum, TAIKO, presented by MATSURIZA from FL.

Then there’s a sword fighting exhibition, Kendo, which will show discipline and technique, fight with respect that Japanese warriors are famous for.

Dancing and music featuring traditional Bon Dance will be on display; and the steps are so easy to learn that guests of the festival are encouraged to join and follow the music.

If nothing else, you can go for the authentic Japanese food! Presented in Bento lunch boxes, you can taste cuisine from Charlotte’s best Japanese restaurants.

There will be booths selling everything from crafts, toys, masks, ceramics, books, even cosmetics. 
And it’s a family friendly event where kids can join games like water yo-yo, KINGYO (goldfish) catch, ring toss and more.

The festival is free, or you can buy a $5 ticket for a door Prize. It’s 11am to 4pm Saturday August 3rd, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Atrium. Call the Japanese Association of Charlotte at  (704) 333-2775 for more information.
 

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