PHOTOS: Lighting of the Lamps at Senshin

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Senshin Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles held its annual Bon Odori on July 2 with hundreds of temple members and visitors taking part. The dancing began after a Hatsubon service conducted by Rev. Kakuryu Kodani. Among the dancers who came the farthest were Joan Aoki, Curt Kawabata and their daughter Stacey, who are members of Mountain View Buddhist Temple.

Hundreds of dancers come through the gate as Bon Odori begins.

Sharon Mori and Ken Okuda from Covina danced with their appropriately attired dogs, Princess (right) and Ginger. They have participated in other Obon festivals as well as last year’s Nisei Week Parade.

Members of Great Leap’s Eco Band, Carla Vega, Nobuko Miyamoto, Atomic Nancy and shamisen player Sean Miura, performed a new song, “Mottainai,” which is about not wasting natural resources.

Michael and Carol Okuda wore their red and gold USC happi coats. UCLA alumni also showed their colors with blue and gold happi coats.

George Abe of Kinnara Taiko kept the beat.

Edna Horiuchi serves one of the temple’s specialties, the Yakisoba Dog. Also on the menu were the Curry & Fukujin Zuke Dog and the Kim Chee Dog.

After the dancing, the Sento Shogon ceremony was held in the courtyard. Participants lit 1,000 oil lamps, made by Senshin member Leo Sugano, in memory of loved ones. Otoki (meal served after a Buddhist service) and a performance by Kinnara Taiko (below) followed. Performers included Johnny Mori, formerly of the band Hiroshima.

Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo

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