A Celebration of Hanamatsuri

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Photos courtesy of Toyo Miyatake Studio

The birth of Buddha was celebrated last Sunday at the JACCC in Little Tokyo by the Los Angeles Buddhist Church Federation. During the service, sweet tea was poured over a statue of the baby Buddha, symbolizing the sweet rain that fell when the Buddha was born. Children from Zenshuji Temple’s Terakoya school performed songs and Rev. Jan Chozen Bays, a Zen priest and pediatrician, gave a talk on how she has implemented Buddhist ideals in her medical practice. The Grateful Crane Ensemble performed “Project Momotaro,” a set of three classic Japanese children’s stories. Awards were also given out for a children’s art contest and photo contest. The winners will be on display at the North Gallery of the JACCC through Sunday.

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