- Aug 13 - 15 2022
- All Day
Obon Festival begins
The Buddhist Obon Festival has been celebrated for more than 500 years. It originates from the story of Maha Maudgalyayana, Mokuren, a disciple of Buddha who used his powers to see the spirit of his deceased mother.
Obon or just Bon is a Japanese Buddhist custom, which honours the spirits of one’s ancestors. Over the years, it has evolved into a holiday for family reunions. People return to their ancestral family places to visit and clean their ancestors’ graves. During the three-day festival, it is said that the spirits of ancestors visit household altars and many perform the traditional dance, known as the Bon-Odori.
Immerse students in Japanese culture with interactive workshops designed to promote intercultural understanding
In Taiko Drumming with A.YA, Ayako and Ayako present traditional and original Japanese music to Victorian students in this program combining an amazing performance and interactive workshop. Students are introduced to a variety of Japanese instruments.
Taiko Drumming with Toko Ton in Queensland is a performance of classic and original music followed by an interactive workshop. They showcase different sizes and styles of drums in addition to as instruments like Japanese flutes and cymbals using Japanese language adjusted to student levels for greeting and keeping time.
Also available in Queensland, Japanese Dance with Junko enables students experience Japanese culture through a series of dance performances set to Japanese instrumentals and an interactive dance workshop.