'Little Tokyo' comes to the North
JAPANESE culture in the
North West will be celebrated for the first time as
the Foyle O-Bon Festival takes place in Derry in
O-Bon is an annual Buddhist festival when Japanese
people gather to commemorate their ancestors.
The event centres on the belief that the spirits of
the ancestors return to the earthly world to visit
The organisers promise visitors to the festival a
"wondrous spectacle of light and sound".
Traditional costume, dance, games and martial arts
will be on display during the festival along with a
number of cultural workshops and demonstrations.
Derry to host the inaugural festival
of Japanese arts and culture Foyle O-Bon in June
Spectators will also be
treated to the festival grand finale including a
magical lantern procession that will "light up the
darkness" and fill the night air "with music and the
lively sounds of taiko drumming".
"This colourful feast of rhythm and light will be
fun for all the family," said a spokesperson.
The event will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017
from 5pm-10pm at the Playtrail on the Racecourse
For more information and tickets see the festival's
social media outlets or email