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Drummers at the 2013 Obon Festival/Tracy Simmons - SpokaneFAVS
Drummers at the 2013 Obon Festival/Tracy Simmons – SpokaneFAVS

The Spokane Obon Festival will return to the Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St., this weekend.

This annual Japanese Buddhist cultural event will feature Japanese food, arts and crafts, martial arts and games for children. Events will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. The Taikio drummers and Narong (Japanese singing) will be provide entertainment.
Both days will feature Spokane Taiko at 5 p.m., followed by traditional Bon Odori Dancing at 6 p.m. All are invited to participate and dance instructions will be provided.


Obon is celebrated nationally in July or August and is a major Buddhist holiday honoring past ancestors.

The Spokane Obon Festival will return to the Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St., next weekend.

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of FāVS.News, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.

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