Every year the Oregon Buddhist Temple celebrates Obon- the Japanese festival of ancestral worship. This Buddhist ceremony has been celebrated in Japan for 500 years and is a time of renewal and reunion for families. White lanterns are hung up with the deceased relative’s name to honor them.
The festival in Portland includes food, dance, music, and tours of the temple. I’d never been before and as it was another gorgeous day, thought I’d check it out. I was especially interested in hearing the taiko (Japanese drum) group.
The drumming was amazing, the food delicious (how can you go wrong with yakisoba noodles?), and the atmosphere friendly. It was a nice way to spend an afternoon!