Gearing up for bon dance season

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The Faithful: Joyce, Mike, Aileen, and Doreen

June is fast approaching, which means bon dance season is just around the corner.  Part of the Bon Dance Posse gathered for a refresher session with the members of Hawaii Eisa Shinyuu Kai at Jikoen Hongwanji this past Friday.

I love how the dances flow back so naturally, even though nearly a year has passed. Dancing is one of the joys of my life and I look forward to the coming the summer obon.

Bon dance season this year will be different.  Going anywhere with Baby Champuru takes a tremendous amount of preparation and packing.  Hubby and I discussed the logistics of taking her to the bon dances and the challenges that it presents.  I don’t think there are any temples equipped with diaper changing facilities in the restrooms, for example. Another issue is baby’s early bedtime. Most bon dances begin at 7:00 pm, which is usually when I’m starting her bedtime routine so that she can be asleep by 8:00 or 8:30 pm.  So, we’ll see how it works out.  If not, there’s always next year when she’ll be almost 2 years old and probably much easier to travel with.

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Joyce and me


Below is quick glimpse of the practice:

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5 Responses to Gearing up for bon dance season

  1. Lisa says:

    “If not, there’s always next year when she’ll be almost 2 years old and probably much easier to travel with.”
    You just made me spit water, LOL!

    Quite seriously, at this age it’s MUCH easier to shift the routine around occasionally, and babies are so much more portable and more easily soothed than toddlers. And trust me when I say an almost-2 tantrum is at least 10x as bad as a 7-9 month old crying. For one thing they can run 😉

    Having traveled a good bit with both kids at young ages, I’d say you should be able to take Krislyn along at least once or twice this summer and you’ll all have a wonderful time. The secret is to leave 90% of the stuff in the car- if you really need it, someone can run and get it.

    Now get a baby-size hapi coat and take some video of you dancing with Krislyn on your shoulder! 😀

  2. Jancalligrapher says:

    It was fun watching Bon Dance practice. What an art form! Can’t wait to see it in real life! I had to laugh at the above response, very wise woman!

  3. shari says:

    Sorry I couldn’t make it…I didn’t get your message till later that night…D and I had dinner in town…plus I couldnt stay out late since I worked early the next morning…i’m off next weekend…sucks because D leaves for his work trip next week sunday…oh wells…maybe next pratice I’ll be able to attend with the gang…

  4. toothfairy says:

    I missed 2 BonDance seasons, so bummed. Hope to gather friends for this year. I’ve been watching YouTube vids to refresh my memory of my faves, don’t know the titles but I watch, then follow the people. Kind of a joke, I just bounce and smile, wave and clap, yah, as if I know what I’m doing. LOL
    Perhaps I’ll run into you and introduce myself. Maybe you can teach me the proper hand twisting thing for kachashi. Looks so graceful when you do it, unlike my herky jerky motions. ha!
    I found your blog by accident from watching all those vids. BonDance and Andagi, can life get better?

  5. Garrett Kam says:

    Anyone knows when the eisaa-bon dance will be at Jikoen Temple this summer 2010? Planning a trip back home to Honolulu and don’t want to miss this event. Nifee debiru.

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