means "festival." In Japan, festivals are celebrated
all over the country throughout the year for various occasions.
(or Bon) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor ancestors.
In North America, it refers to the summer festival that revolves
around a dance called Bon-Odori.
is the Japanese word for "tower." At obon festivals
they often have people dancing or playing taiko on them.
maku is a red and white curtain used to give a festive atmosphere
to festivals and special occasions.
is a rounded lantern made from bamboo and paper.
are cloth fish decorations that are hung outside of the home, wishing
good luck the family's children. In Japan, carp are admired
for their strength in swimming upstream and overcoming obstacles.
is a Japanese summer garment that is often worn at festivals by
both men and women.
are traditional wooden flip flops that are often worn with yukata.
is a thin Japanese hand towel made of cotton that is often used
in obon dances. It can be used for anything a towel could
be used for, such as washcloth or dishcloth. Tenugui can also
be used as a headband, souvenir, or decoration.
uchiwa (round fan) is made from bamboo and paper and is often ued
in obon dances.
is a Japanese folding fan that is often used in obon dancing.
the sound "tick-tock" or knocking - it also refers to
wooden Japanese castanets that are used in obon dancing.
are wooden clappers in used in obon dancing. Dancers usually
have one in each hand.
Other Popular Japanese American Festivals:
Matsuri - Spring Festival
Matsuri - Cherry Blossom Festival
Matsuri - Japanese American Festival
Matsuri - Girls' Day
no Hi - Children's Day
Matsuri - Autumn Festival
ice - shaved ice flavored with syrup
- chicken skewers
- bbq chicken or beef with a sweet sauce made with Shoyu (soy sauce)
- pastry filled with sweet red beans
- Japanese potstickers
to Rebecca Bushner for the use of her photos.