New Venue: Seabrook Buddhist Temple Obon Festival, Bridgeton NJ, July 21,2018

July 14, 2018 Yoko Lewis

Seabrook Buddhist Temple Obon Festival (New Jersey)

Seabrook Buddhist Temple Obon Festival:

Sorry—Due to weather we won’t be at the Obon Festival today;
A Fall Festival is planned at the Seabrook Buddhist Temple -- stay tuned as we'll be there.

Saturday, July 21.2018
4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.


This coming Saturday, July 21, 2018, will be the 73rd Annual Obon Festival at the Seabrook Buddhist Temple in Bridgeton, New Jersey. For some time now, some of our 'regulars' at the Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Festivals have been raving about the Obon Festival there in Bridgeton, New Jersey. So we were very happy when we were recently invited to support the Temple by setting up as vendors for the event.

Obon is a really-big-deal Summer festival for Japanese. It has the feel of July 4th celebrations for USA folks, but is of course steeped in traditional Japanese values and Buddhist beliefs centering around family and ancestors. We like the opening paragraph on Wikipedia which we feel gives a good sense of the meaning of Obon Festivals as we comprehend it:

Obon, or just Bon, is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one's ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors' graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon...

To learn more about the history and meaning of Obon we suggest the following page:



We will bring some kimono jackets (Haori & Michiyuki) but no long kimonos, children, nagajuban nor yukata. Mostly, we'll have our table-top items such as shown below. We have everything from headbands and sashes, otedama (bean bags) and tiny dolls (see close-ups below for the latter) -- to all manner of hair accessories and decor items -- all skillfully made by Yoko and her family members throughout the year.

We were really lucky that a trove of hand-made items from Yoko's sisters in Japan arrived yesterday. So, in addition to other handcrafted goodies which they had made previously, we now are able to add even a wider variety of what we feel are really cool items made from our vintage Japanese (and some new) kimono fabrics.

Yoko's sisters are both accomplished artisans; Honami Nakashima is a master-level kimono maker for over 30 years, specializing in high-end formal wedding kimonos (uchikake & furisode), as well as tsumami zaiku (traditional kanzashi).  (To learn more about Honami's work please visit her page HERE. Fumi Sakanashi, Yoko's other sister, is a nationally (Japan) awarded quilter. Between the two of them -- and Yoko's humble additions -- here are sample pictures of the kinds of things we'll be bringing to the Obon Festival on July 21, 2018:

YokoDana Kimono handmade from kimono fabrics sample displays

2YokoDana Kimono handmade from kimono fabrics sample displays

YokoDana Kimono handmade from kimono fabrics sample displays 3

YokoDana Kimono handmade from kimono fabrics sample displays 4

YokoDana Kimono hand-madetiny doll, wrapped nfuton

tiny otedama doll, hand-made YokoDana Kimono
Otedama Doll

The two close-ups are just some of the new creations from Honami, Yoko's sister; Otedama are a sort of bean bag (happy sack).

We will not be able to begin selling until 4:00PM sharp and will be open until 9:00PM, but we suggest coming early to get best pick.

To learn more about our main venues, which now take place mostly in the Spring at Japanese cultural festivals (Cherry Blossom) in the Northeast USA, kindly visit:


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