American Bon Dancing at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival


A joyous celebration of departed ancestors, Bon is a Japanese Buddhist festival that’s been marked for more than five centuries with a traditional dance known as Bon Odori. Held in conjunction with the 16th World Buddhist Women’s Convention across the street at the Marriott Marquis, American Bon Dancing – An Invitation to Dance features an array of traditional masters, including taiko pioneer and NEA Heritage Fellowship Awardee P.J. Hirabayashi (TaikoPeace), Murasaki Ensemble koto innovator Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto, and odori dance expert Reiko Iwanaga, the leader of the San Jose Obon Festival.