FYI For our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area kitsuke & Japanophile folks:
August 24th, 2019 (Sat.) is a chance to wear your yukata (or whatever kitsuke) and experience Obon festival dancing, Taiko drumming, food and more. Sorry we won't be there but it's always a special event we recommend:
Philadelphia Obon Festival 2019
From Japanphilly.org newsletter about this year's Obon at Fairmount Park (Shofuso):
The Philadelphia Obon Festival includes bon odori folk dance, taiko drumming performances by KyoDaiko, and tea ceremony demonstrations by Urasenke Philadelphia. Attendees can also enjoy arts and crafts, classic summer festival games, and a yukata dressing station, as well as a vendor market with home goods, apparel, and food trucks. All events will take place outside of Shofuso and are free and open to the public. Regular admission ($12-2) is required to visit Shofuso.... more....