Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Gannenmono

As proud sponsors of the Gannenmono 150th Symposium on June 7, 2018, Valley of the Temples is also ringing in the Byodo-In Temple's 50th year — two events that mark the arrival of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii 150 years ago.

To celebrate, we're hosting a large-scale party on Saturday, August 4 that also celebrates Obon and the 50th anniversary of the Byodo-In Temple with fun activities for the entire family, including:

  • Traditional Japanese customs
  • Delicious food: Bento and Andagi
  • Taiko drumming
  • Bon dance
  • Historical photo exhibit
  • Magical floating lantern ceremony
  • Time capsule to be prepared and opened at the temple's 75th anniversary
  • Plus, there will be a drawing to win a chauffeur-driven day tour of O'ahu for four people.*

About Byodo-In's 50th Anniversary

The Byodo-In Temple was established on June 7,1968, to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants arrival to Hawaii 150 years ago, called Gannenmono. The Byodo-In Temple is a smaller-scale replica of the over 950-year-old Byodo-In Temple, a United Nations World Heritage Site in Uji, Japan. The Byodo-In Temple is a non-practicing Buddhist temple that welcomes people of all faiths to worship, meditate or simply appreciate its beauty.

About Obon

Obon is an annual Buddhist event for commemorating one's ancestors. It's believed that each year during obon, the ancestors' spirits return to this world to visit their relatives. Traditionally, lanterns are hung in front of houses to guide the ancestors' spirits, obon dances (bon odori) are performed, graves are visited and food offerings are made at house altars and temples.

For more details, call (808) 239-8811.

Learn more about our celebration.

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