West L.A. Taiko performs at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Bon Odori will take place at 6:30 p.m. both days. This year’s dances are: “Bon Odori Uta,” “Seinen Ondo,” “Gassho Ondo,” “Hana no Nippon So Odori,” “Tokyo Gorin Ondo,” “Memanbetsu Bayashi,” “Mottainai,” and “Yagi Bushi.” Dancers are asked to bring kachi-kachi (castanets), tenugui (towels) and uchiwa (round fans) for certain dances.
The festival will also feature games, a raffle, ikebana and bonsai displays, and food booths offering udon, won ton, Imagawa yaki and more.
Free parking at the Trident Center, one block south of the temple on Corinth and Olympic.
For more information, call (310) 477-7274 or visit www.wlabt.org. The website includes an explanation of Obon, Obon resources, and a schedule of Obon festivals.