Bon Dance Festival (Obon Greenville)

Greenville Bon Dance (Bon Odori) is scheduled for August 19, 2017.

Since 1995,  South Carolina residents have enjoyed the Bon Dance Festival, an annual celebration of Japanese culture in the form of a late summer festival during the Japanese holiday Obon.

Bon Dance Festival 2017 – #obonSC
Saturday, August 19
12:30pm-4:30pm
Demonstration schedule here.

McAlister Square 
225 S Pleasantburg Dr | Greenville, SC 29607
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The Greenville Bon Dance Festival includes Bon Odori (the Bon Dance) with participants in colorful kimono, yukata and happi coats, as well as delicious food from numerous participating Upstate vendors.  

South Carolina Kyudo Renmei gives a longbow archery demonstration at Bon Dance Greenville.

South Carolina Kyudo Renmei gives a longbow archery demonstration at Bon Dance Greenville.

This event is family-friendly, and is currently held indoors in comfortable air conditioning, regardless of weather conditions.

There are Japanese crafts, games, prizes, Taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations including kyudo archery and kendo, and traditional Japanese arts including calligraphy, the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and origami.

Admission and participation in many activities are free. Tickets can be purchased for food, raffles, and participation in games. If you’d like food, we recommend you arrive early — it goes fast!

Everyone is invited to join in bon odori, the Bon Dance, led by Midori no Kai.

Everyone is invited to join in bon odori, the Bon Dance, led by Midori no Kai.

Main Stage Schedule

12:30pm Taiko performance by Ronin Taiko
1:00pm Bon Dance by Midorino Kai
1:15pm Hula Dance
1:30pm Kyudo Archery by SC Kyudo Renmei
2:00pm Tea ceremony and Ikebana flower arranging
2:30pm Bon Dance by Midorino Kai
2:45pm Hula Dance
3:00pm Taiko performance by Ronin Taiko
3:30pm Kendo fencing by Greenville Kendo Club
4:00pm Aikijujutsu by Ohigashi Ryu
4:30pm Festival end! お疲れ様

Everyone is welcome. This event is hosted by the Japan-America Association of South Carolina (JAASC), and comes together with help of numerous local and regional organizations, individuals, businesses and volunteers dedicated to the purpose.

The organizers of this event are dedicated to the purpose of fostering and promoting positive relationships among the peoples of the United States and Japan through meaningful educational, social and cultural exchanges.

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