Higashi Honganji Obon Festival Slated for July 30-31

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Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple’s 52nd annual Obon Festival will be held on the weekend of July 30 and 31 from 12 to 9 p.m.

This celebration in honor of ancestors is one of the highlights of the Little Tokyo community, and this year promises to be another exciting event, organizers said.

The main attraction is the colorful Bon Odori, the folk dancing associated with Obon, at 6:30 p.m. both days. Everyone, experienced or not, is invited to join in.

In addition to the delicious food and drinks available, there are games for kids and adults to enjoy. There is also the ever-popular Farmers Market, the Flower and Plant Shop, and the Fujinkai Big Bargain Sale.

TAIKOPROJECT will perform on Saturday and the temple’s own Bombu Taiko and Kitsune Taiko will play both days. In addition, classical Japanese dance will be provided by the popular Fujima Kansei Odori group.

Also, hereandnow, a youth group that tells stories of the Asian Pacific Islander community, will also join with the Lumbini school kids in a joint performance.

Mato-e services will be held both days at 6 p.m. and Obon/Hatsubon services on Sunday at 11 a.m.

The event is free and open to the public. The temple is located at 505 E. Third St. at Central, Los Angeles. For more information, call (213) 626-4200, email [email protected] or access the website at www.hhbt-la.org.

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