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Isabelle telling the player about Obon in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
September 12th – September 21st[nb 1]
August 15th or August 16th[nb 2]
Time All day
Host Isabelle[nb 2]
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 お ぼん盆

Obon is an event in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: New Horizons that occurs in late summer.


In New Leaf[edit]

The cutout found in the event plaza during Obon.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Obon occurs only in Japanese towns on either August 15 or 16. During the event, the player may visit the event plaza, where a cardboard cutout for the event is placed, and receive a gift from Isabelle, which can be either an eggplant cow or a cucumber horse.

If August 15 falls on a Saturday, Isabelle will be standing near the town hall, since Nat will be using the plaza for the Bug Off. If it falls on a Sunday, the Fireworks Show will occur instead on this day, and Obon will fall on August 16.

In New Horizons[edit]

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Eggplant Cow NH Icon.png
The cucumber horse and eggplant cow in New Horizons

Although Obon does not appear in Animal Crossing: New Horizons as a standard event, it appears as a Nook Shopping seasonal event beginning in the 1.11.0 Free Update. From September 12 to September 21, the player can purchase a cucumber horse and an eggplant cow from Nook Shopping.


  1. In New Horizons
  2. 2.0 2.1 In New Leaf