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An Evening of Japanese Tradition and Memory 

Obon in the Garden
2024

EVENT

Admission:

General $20 

Youth 7-17: $18

Members & Arizona Buddhist Temple: Free!

June 15th, 6pm - 9pm

(last admission at 8:30 pm)

Celebrate Obon, a traditional Japanese holiday that celebrates the life of passed loved ones and ancestors at the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix. Join us for group dancing, floating lanterns on our pond, and more during this evening event. 

Please note that there is no general evening Admission June 15th. General admission is included with event ticket purchase.

What to Expect

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Join us in a traditional group Obon dance, hosted by the Arizona Buddhist Temple, where we can honor our ancestors and those that have passed with elegant movement. 

 

Witness the glowing beauty of floating lanterns carrying heartfelt wishes, casting a soft light upon our pond, in a scene that will be unforgettable. 

Guests can also stroll through our tranquil garden, where the atmosphere invites quiet contemplation and peaceful reflection, adding to the atmosphere of the Obon holiday. 

 

Additionally, savor the flavors of Japan with delectable snacks and refreshing beverages from our Gift Shop, or take home an omiyage (souvenir) to commemorate your time. 

 

We hope that you will join us for an evening of unity, remembrance, and celebration of Japanese culture at our next event!

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Event Schedule
All programming is included with admission.

Programming

6pm: Gates Open

6pm-7pm: Customizing lanterns and floating them on the pond

7pm-7:30pm: Obon dance led by the Arizona Buddhist Temple 

7:30pm-8pm: Customizing lanterns and floating them on the pond. 

8pm-8:30pm: Obon dance led by the Arizona Buddhist Temple

9pm: Gates Close 

Vendors

Rohoen Market 

 Pop-up Rohoen Market with Japanese gifts, snacks, drinks and more! 

We hope to see you at our latest exhibit, June 15th, 2024!
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