Tako, Tacos and Taiko

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minyo station-dancersZenshuji in Little Tokyo held its Obon Carnival on July 12 and 13, featuring Bon Odori with live music by Matsutoyo Kai (pictured). (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

zendeko-martial artsMusic and martial arts were mixed when a Shorinji kempo demonstration was given while Zendeko, the temple’s taiko group, performed. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)

Awa Odori Tokushima Ren performed and invited the audience to join in. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

Awa Odori Tokushima Ren performed and invited the audience to join in. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

kidsParents and kids enjoyed the entertainment, which included Kikuta Kai (folk dance), Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Los Angeles Branch (Okinawan drumming), and a karaoke contest. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)

tea ceremonyTea ceremony demonstrations were given, with audience participation. The participant on the left is dressed as an ukai or cormorant fisherman. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

bando hidesomiClassical dance instructor Bando Hidesomi performs a piece about a geisha and a drunken man. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

polynesianMembers of Sea Breeze perform a Hawaiian dance. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

zendekoZendeko drummers play the shime-daiko. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)

takoyaki (mario)Food booths offered takoyaki (above), teriyaki (below), tacos, squid, won ton, shave ice and more. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)

teriyakilanternsServices were held for loved ones who have passed away since the last Obon. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

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