Zenshuji Obon Carnival This Weekend

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zenshuji lanternsThe 59th annual Obon Carnival will be held at Zenshuji Soto Mission, 123 W. Hewitt St. (between First and Second streets) in Los Angeles, on Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The temple’s biggest fundraiser of the year will feature food, entertainment, a farmer’s market, a white elephant sale, a raffle, Obon services and Bon Odori. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, July 9

All day: Flower exhibition

12:30-4 p.m.: Tea ceremony

1:30 p.m.: Obon service

3:00 p.m.: Talent show

4:00 p.m.: Japanese folk dance by Tokushima Awa Odori

4:30 p.m.: Japanese Folk Dance by Hoshun-Kai

5:15 p.m.: Martial arts by Shorinji Kempo

5:45 p.m.: Taiko by Zendeko

6:30 p.m.: Bon Odori

Sunday, July 10

All day: Flower exhibition

12:30-4 p.m.: Tea ceremony

1:30 p.m.: Obon service

3:00 p.m.: Singing by Katharina Miyoshi and Jason Yu

3:30 p.m.: Martial arts by Shorinji Kempo

4:00 p.m.: Taiko by East L.A. Taiko

4:45 p.m.: Koto by Koto Zanmai

5:30 p.m.: Taiko by Zendeko and East L.A. Taiko

6:15 p.m.: Raffle drawing

6:30 p.m.: Bon Odori

Parking is free with permit. Stop by the carnival and pick up a map/permit for the following locations:

Main lot: Across First Street; enter from Temple Street

Kato’s Sewing Machine lot: Reserved for handicapped parking

• 830 Traction St: 20 spaces available

• 300 S. Central Ave: Available after 2 p.m.; shuttle service from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• 360 S. Alameda St.: All available; shuttle service from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• 713 E. Third St.: Reserved for performers

For more information, call (213) 624-8658 or visit www.zenshuji.org.

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