Senshin Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles held its annual Bon Odori and Obon observances on June 27. Special guests included PJ Hirabayashi (pictured), co-founder of San Jose Taiko, who introduced “Ei Ja Nai Ka,” which is performed and danced every year at San Jose Betsuin’s Obon Festival (July 11-12 this year). The title can be translated as “Who cares?” or “Why not?”
Nobuko Miyamoto, “Atomic Nancy” Sekizawa, Carla Vega, Asiyah Ayubbi and June Kaewsith sang “Bambutsu no Tsunagari,” a cross-cultural song that combines the sounds of Little Tokyo and East L.A. and was first performed at Great Leap and Quetzal’s “FandangObon” event.
Buddhist observances included Sento Shogon, a ritual in which a thousand oil lamps are lit in memory of loved ones, particularly those who have passed away since the last Obon, and omairi in the Hondo.
Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo