Seattle Bon Odori

Seattle Bon Odori takes place at the Seattle Buddhist Temple every year in July. We are a Seafair sanctioned community event.

Come out to South Main Street in front of the Seattle Buddhist Temple for traditional Japanese dance, cultural exhibits, food, entertainment, and a beer garden with live music. This is a weekend long event that occurs every year in July. By supporting this local festival, you are helping the Seattle Buddhist Temple raise money and spread the Buddha's teachings.

Bon Odori isn't the only fundraiser at the Temple. Come out on March 18 to the Seattle Buddhist Church Annual Salmon Dinner Fundraiser. for $15 you can enjoy delicious salmon(or pork), rice, veggies, miso soup, salad, and tsukemono. Tickets can be purchased through the link:

Taiko Community Alliance

Bon Odori is only 5 months away! Are you thinking about what you're going wear? Do you lay awake at night wondering what the difference is between a "hanten" and "happi"? Ai Matsuda and Ishizuka-san have you covered. Learn how to properly fold an hanten and and how to tie an obi.

"Since a hanten is used to reflect ties, it's thought of as a uniform that reflects your bonds with others."

Check out our latest playlist in the Costuming 101 series for all things hanten (aka happi)! Yuu Ishizuka from Taiko Project Indra walks through history of the hanten, interesting obi ties, and how to fold and store your garments! Click on the link below for all Yuu-san's best practices for looking like the coolest taiko player on the block!

Best of Western Washington

Seattle Bon Odori is a finalist for the King 5 Evening's 24th annual Best of Western Washington award in the category of Where We Live: Event

Scroll down and expand the "Event" section to vote for "Bon Odori Festival, Seattle". Registration required.


Great video about playing taiko for "Hokkai Bon Uta" (we call it "Hokkai Bon Bushi" at the Seattle Bon Odori). Thank you Isaku!

Please hit Like and Share! If you're interested in learning the roots of Naname style, I will be facilitating a 12-Week Course at Los Angeles Taiko Institute every Friday from 8-9:45PM starting September 9.
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Nichi Bei Foundation

The bar is set for San Jose Obon next year, which had its own record of 1,517 dancers this year on a Saturday.


Thank you Seattle for another great year! From setup, to the last dance Sunday night, here is a recap of our 2016 Bon Odori. We are truly thankful for everyone who attended, and volunteered. See you all at Tacoma this coming week, and our Bon Odori in 2017!

Video recorded and edited by Matthew Lee and Alex Sakamoto

Bon Odori 2016

Bon Odori pictures from the PI: Bon Odori 2016 The Japanese community celebrates the annual Bon Odori festival By GENNA MARTIN on July 17, 2016 11:02 PM Photo: GENNA MARTIN, SEATTLEPI.COM Image 1of/24 CaptionClose Image 1 of 24 Linda Zee, right, dances during the annual Bon Odori festival, Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the Seattle Budd...

[07/17/16]   Sunday Dance Schedule
Seafair pirates and princesses are scheduled to drop by.

3:00 food booths and beer garden open

3:30 Matsuri taiko

4:30 Obon Service (Hondo)
4:50 Mikokoro
5:10 Manmaru Ondo (1 Uchiwa fan)
5:20 Soran Bushi II
5:30 Omatsuri Ondo (2 Uchiwa or Sensu fans)

5:40 Break

5:50 Hanabi Ondo
6:00 Seattle Shamisen Slide
6:10 Oyama Ondo (aka "box dance")

6:20 Taiko

6:55 Fukushima Ondo
7:05 Seattle Omoide

7:15 Break

7:25 Hokkai Bon Bushi (2 Uchiwa or Sensu fans)
7:35 Soran Bushi
7:45 Tanko Bushi
7:55 Goshu Ondo


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