“Kansha,” which translates to gratitude. The theme of Kansha is very relevant for Maui Matsuri, whose tagline is “kodomo no tame ni,” or “for the sake of the children.” It is with deep gratitude that we reflect on the lessons our families and community have passed down to us, and it is with great appreciation for the past that we perpetuate our culture for future generations.

One of the largest outpourings of “Kansha”, or gratitude, in Japanese culture occurs at the Obon festival. Obon is a Buddhist tradition which celebrates our loved ones who have since passed away. Friday night’s Let’s Dance event will delve into the tradition of Obon with guest instructor PJ Hirabayashi, who will teach us her original bon dance creation: “Ei Ja Nai Ka.”

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