This annual Japanese Buddhist cultural event will feature Japanese food, arts and crafts, martial arts and games for children. Events will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. The Taikio drummers and Narong (Japanese singing) will be provide entertainment.
Both days will feature Spokane Taiko at 5 p.m., followed by traditional Bon Odori Dancing at 6 p.m. All are invited to participate and dance instructions will be provided.
Obon is celebrated nationally in July or August and is a major Buddhist holiday honoring past ancestors.
The Spokane Obon Festival will return to the Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St., next weekend.
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