Obon Festival Returns July14 The Fairfax Station Ekoji Buddhist Temple prepares to host its annual festival for everyone in the community.
The Ekoji Buddhist Temple off the Fairfax County Parkway in Fairfax Station will be hosting the only Obon festival in the Washington DC area July 14. Admission is free, and the temple invites all visitors, no matter their religion or culture, to celebrate the annual event.
“It’s a time to show your gratitude and respect to all those people who’ve passed away before us, because they made the world; we are the next generation,” said Reverend Nariaki Rajan Hayashi, who has been Ekoji’s minister for the past three years.
Because of the growing number of visitors per year, with last year’s attendance at 1,700, the Ekoji Temple plans to extend its hours for the festival. The temple and grounds will be open starting at 3 p.m. and will continue until 9 p.m.
I had the wonderful privilege to help my video team film Pensacola Christian College’s first ever music video, featuring the men’s ensemble, One Accord. Late on Halloween night, I clocked into work at 4:30 pm and worked until 11:30 that night with thirty or so wonderful guys, the video team, and some others overseeing the project.
I mainly did go-for tasks such as run to grab Tim Parsons much needed water bottles after hoisting a thirty-or-so-pound Ronin cage, or run with Kim Palmer down the chapel aisle and jumping onto the platform with a tape measure to decide when and where we should focus the camera. But regardless, participating in the filming, makeup, some technical aiding, and other miscellaneous tasks was incredibly interesting and such a fun experience (and I got to run around all official-like carrying a two-way radio like a boss).
The video can be downloaded and the MP3 purchased here.