Every July, Ekoji Buddhist Temple hosts an Obon celebration. For Buddhists, Obon is a time to express gratitude to loved ones who have passed on before us. For Nen Daiko, Obon is an opportunity to give back to Ekoji.
Nen Daiko members always volunteer in a big way for Obon on the organizing committee or in many other capacities before and during the event. We were also fortunate to have members from our sister group, Soh Daiko, come to help, play, and celebrate with us.
This year, Obon had special meaning for us because it was Dee Miyasato's last performance as a full-time Nen Daiko member, at least for now! After 14 years with Nen Daiko, she is moving back to Hawaii. Dee has been such a central figure in Nen Daiko's story - as a performer, mentor, and friend.
Thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make Obon 2016 a successful event! And to our audience members who give such great energy every Obon performance! We look forward to seeing you again next July!
Thank you to Melvin and Hanae Coutrier for taking video of the songs Shiawase & Matsuri at Obon!
Photos of Nen Daiko at Obon
Thank you to Melvin Coutrier, Chuck Fletcher, Mike Gallan and Don Smith for their amazing volunteer photography!