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American Bon Dancing

Sun, Sep 8, 1:00pm3:00pm

Taiko drummers and bon dancers performing and leading the crowd of people behind them outdoors on a lawn
Sun, Sep 8
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Great Lawn, Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Sts.
San Francisco, CA + Google Map
(415) 543-1718


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A joyous celebration of departed ancestors, Bon is a Japanese Buddhist festival that’s been observed for more than five centuries with a traditional folk dance known as Bon-Odori. Returning to the Gardens, this year’s lively and participatory program includes traditional favorites by Japanese folk music and dance ensemble Ensohza, Taiko Peace performing P.J. Hirabayashi’s dance and chant “Ei Ja Nai Ka,” and the legendary San Jose Taiko. Two newly commissioned works celebrating the Buddhist Churches of America’s 125th anniversary are also part of the program, with “Kangie,” by Sansei artist, activist, author and Smithsonian Folkways recording artist Nobuko Miyamoto, and “Lantern Song” by Bonbu Stories, an Asian-American arts collaborative dedicated to using music as a medium for raw storytelling and connection building. 



American Bon Dancing is supported by the Henri And Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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