On July 7th, The Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary and The Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba are pleased to present the First Winnipeg Bon-Odori Festival at the Burton Cummings Community Centre. In the 11th century, a monk created the Bon-Odori with the purpose of making Buddhism more accessible to public. Today, the religious meaning has faded and people now enjoy it as a recreational dance and became a statement of Japanese festivals. On the day of the festival, other than the Bon-Odori, there will be a variety of street food, a beer garden, Taiko and Shamisen musical performance, as well as dance performance. The admission is free of charge, and we welcome everyone to join us for an afternoon to enjoy the 2018 Winnipeg Bon-Odori Festival together.