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2018 Bon Odori “Gathering of Joy” Festival

when: Aug 4, 2018 at Varies by day

where: Balboa Park, Japanese Friendship Garden, 2215 Pan American Rd. E, San Diego, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All

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the scoop:

Learn all about Japanese tradition at the two-day Bon Odori “Gathering of Joy” Festival. The day will be filled with food including chicken skewers, somen salad, rice and taiyaki (pastries with sweet red bean filling), iced green tea, shave ice, and more, crafts, entertainment and dancing. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m. paid admission into the Japanese Friendship Garden gives you access to the upper and lower garden.  At 4 p.m. the JFG lower garden will close and admission to the upper garden will be free to the public. During this time the Spreckels Organ Pavilion will begin activities which will include live entertainment, community group booths and craft vendors. The O Bon Again Shop will also be selling beautiful gently used Japanese clothing, art and other items and community organizations will be participating in the day’s festivities, selling food, crafts and conducting games for kids. The dancing portion Bon Odori will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. The colorful fun dancing is free and open to the public.

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