Saturday, July 13, 2013

Upcoming Boston Area Japanese Festivals

14th Annual Lantern Festival, Jamaica Plain

I'm way behind on posts (including one that I meant to post on July 7th, saying that Japanese-American in Boston turned one!) but wanted to make sure to tell folks about some upcoming festivals. While we don't have a really traditional obon festival, we do have:

15th Annual Lantern Festival

Date & Time
Thursday, July 18, 2012
6 - 9pm
(Raindate: Thursday, July 25, 2013)

Lake Hibiscus, Forest Hills Cemetery

Bon Dance Festival

"The Bon Dance is a very traditional Japanese event. Through this event, families and students are able to experience and enjoy the cultural diversity that is part of our school. There will be international food booths and game booths sponsored by the Parents Association for the enjoyment of everybody who comes to the festival. It is open to the public and everyone is welcome! This is the last school event for the students celebrate their good work throughout the year, and both parents and students enjoy themselves in a relaxed atmosphere."

Date & Time
Sunday, August 11, 2013
3:30 - 5pm

Boston Higashi School, School Back Field

Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival)

Tewassa will be there and it looks like The Genki Spark will be performing at 2:30!

Date & Time
Sunday, August 19, 2013
11:30am - 3:30pm


If you know of any other upcoming Japanese festivals, please leave a comment!


  1. Aloha e Keiko-san. This is Atsuko who met you at the movie event in China Town. I and other Japanese dancers are going to dance Hula with some Japanese songs at Natsu Matsuri. I am looking forward seeing you then!

    1. Hi Atsuko-san! That's wonderful! I was wondering if you would be there. I'm hoping to attend!