Pre-order your tickets today for guaranteed admission to our Obon Festival on Saturday, July 9, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The gates to the festival will open at 5 p.m. ET. If you pre-ordered tickets online, we will have a list with your name on it and a designated entry gate for you. Your e-receipt is your ticket. 

Festival guests should park at the Accotink Unitarian Church located at 10125 Lakehaven Ln which is a short walk to the event held at 6500 Lakehaven Ln. Fairfax Station, Virginia. Volunteers will be on hand to direct traffic, please follow their instructions. 


WHAT IS OBON?

Obon is our annual summer Japanese cultural festival. We get together to eat, dance, and laugh as a community. 

Come for our Japanese “Bon” dancing, Nen Daiko performance, and delicious desserts, vendors, and children’s activities. Stay for the evening memorial ceremony where we fill our beautiful Japanese garden with hundreds of candles representing our departed loved ones. This moving tribute is a fitting way to end the day spent with friends, families and neighbors. 


EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, July 9, 2022

5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.



5:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony

5:45 p.m. Aloha Boys

6:30 p.m. Bon Odori (Festival Dancing led by Kikuyuki no Kai

7:35 p.m. Taiko Performance (Nen Daiko, Dounen Daiko)

8:20 Bon Odori (Festival Dancing led by Kikuyuki no Kai)

8:35 p.m. Candlelight Memorial Service

9:00 p.m. Obon Ends  

In addition there will be children and teen games and activities, temple tours and presentations, specialty food, desserts, gourmet shave ice and tea, vendor and artisan booths. 


HATSUBON CANDLE RESERVATIONS

Reserve a candle for a loved one who has passed away within the last year and join us for our special service on Sunday, July 10 at 11 a.m.


EVENT SPONSORS

HOFHEIMER SECURITY

Event sponsorships available. Contact ekoji.info@gmail.com for more information. 


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

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BAKERS NEEDED! Recipes can be found here. Please email Pilar with questions and the quantities you can prepare. Desserts should be delivered in disposable pans and uncut on Saturday, July 9 between 10 and 3 p.m. 

Cases of water, Coke, Sprite and Dr. Pepper, Kokuho white rice, SPAM, Saran Wrap, Parchment Paper and Yoshida sauce donations can be dropped off Sunday, June 5, 12, 19, 26 between 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the temple lobby. 

Ekoji Buddhist Temple

6500 Lakehaven Ln

Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039

(703) 239-0500

ekoji.info@gmail.com

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