Joy in the Rhythm

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Rev. Patricia Usuki is all smiles as she dances to the sounds of the Odori at the San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Obon. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)

Children attending the Obon practice their skills at the fishing booth and win prizes when hooking the big one. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)

JoAnne and Ben Torimaru from the West Valley enjoy their freshly made hot noodles. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)

The San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Obon took place this past July 4th weekend. The two-day annual event drew hundreds of visitors to the temple to remember and to celebrate. During the two day event there were games, foods, cultural demonstrations, arts and crafts and of course the Obon Odori where young and old come together and dance to the sounds of the oldies.

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