Obon Odori in Peace Plaza

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SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Japantown Merchants Association’s Obon Odori will be held on Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Japantown Peace Plaza at Post and Buchanan streets. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will feature Madame Michiya Hanayagi’s Japanese classical dance group at 1 p.m.; popular singer Ayako Hosokawa at 1:15 p.m.; Obon Odori at 1:30 p.m.. led by Michiya and Michisuya Hanayagi; and yosakoi dancing at 2:30 p.m.

Obon is a Buddhist observance honoring the memory of one’s ancestors and those who have recently passed away. Remembering those who have departed from our lives with joy and gratitude is a key theme in Obon as it is observed in the U.S. Reflecting this spirit, all members of the community, regardless of religious affiliation, are encouraged to attend and join in the communal folk dancing.

For more information on upcoming events, visit www.sfjapantown.org.

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