The 2022 Oregon Asian Celebration is excited to partner once again with the Obon and Taiko Festival to create an exciting atmosphere celebrating Asian cultural heritage in the arts, music, dance, folk art, and more.
“Partnering with the Obon festival will be like experiencing a festival within a festival,” said Asian Celebration Director David Tam. “Although the Asian Celebration festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue throughout the day, the Obon festival will be featured from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and showcase traditional and contemporary Japanese dances, taiko drumming, Asian folk crafts, and youth activities during the twilight hours.”
Eugene’s Obon & Taiko Drumming Festival began as an annual event in the late-1980s as an evening riverfront festival. In 2021, the Oregon Asian Celebration partnered with the Obon Festival when the Celebration moved outdoors. It was so successful, both festivals will partner again in 2022. With the expanded event hours, additional programming includes a full day of cultural performances, Asian food trucks and booths, youth activities, and a marketplace with numerous vendors.
According to Aimee Yogi, an event organizer of the Obon festival, “We are excited to share the meaning of Obon with new and former Obon festival attendees. Obon festivals are held annually throughout Japan, the United States, and other countries to commemorate and honor one’s ancestors. We teach traditional and contemporary circle dances that are easy to learn and we invite everyone to participate. For anyone who has lost a relative or loved one, the Obon festival is a time to honor and remember them.”