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Artist: Spokane Buddhist Temple Bon Odori Dancers

Aritistic Discipline: Cultural, Dance, Music, Stage

Bon Odori is the “Beauty of Japanese Dance”. We are a traditional Japanese dance group that loves to perform as well as teach Japanese folk dances to audiences, wearing colorful traditional kimonos or yukatas. This style of Japanese dance is performed during the Obon Festival, a Japanese festival time of Gathering, Gratitude and Celebration. Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom that honors the spirits of one’s ancestors and has a 500 year history. Our instructor is Jacqui Pierce, a 14-year student of Wakahisa-kai Asian Traditional Dance & Music Foundation, Inc. We are accompanied by vocalist Narong who sings traditional Japanese folk songs.