Nishihongwanji’s Obon Festival This Weekend

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Participants in the 2011 Bon Odori. (Photos by J.K. Yamamoto/Rafu Shimpo)

Nishihongwanji Buddhist Temple (Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji), 815 E. First St. in Little Tokyo, will hold its annual Obon Carnival and Hatsubon services on the weekend of July 7-8.

The Bon Odori starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Everyone is invited to participate in the dancing.

A Hatsubon service for those who have lost loved ones since last year’s Obon will be conducted both days at 2 p.m.

Tea ceremony and judo demonstrations will be given. Entertainment will include taiko, minyo and koto player June Kuramoto from the band Hiroshima.

The carnival will feature a farmer’s market. sushi, manju, chili rice, hot dogs, somen, boba, udon, beef and chicken teriyaki plates, dango, chashu bao, Chinese chicken salad, snow cones, drinks, games, a plant sale, and much more.

For more information, call (213) 680-9130 or visit http://nishongwanji-la.org.

Actress Tamlyn Tomita at last year's festival.

The schedule is as follows.

Saturday, July 7

2 p.m.: Hatsubon service

2 to 4 p.m. Tea ceremony demonstration (temple front)

3 p.m.: Bell tolling

3 to 8 p.m.: Cultural display (downstairs)

3 to 10 p.m.: Carnival

3:30 to 4 p.m.: Judo demonstration (in Kaikan)

5 to 10 p.m.: Bingo

7 to 9 p.m.: Bon Odori

Outdoor Stage Performances

3 p.m.: Welcome by emcee Rodney Kageyama

3:10 p.m.: Nishi Center

4 p.m.: L.A. Matsuri Taiko

4:45 p.m.: Grateful Crane Ensemble

5:45 p.m.: Voco Loco and the Fujazz Band

6:45 to 9 p.m.: Break for Obon dancing (north lot)

9 p.m.: Music by Sunset Silhouette

Sunday, July 8

2 p.m.: Hatsubon service

2 to 4 p.m.: Tea ceremony demonstration (temple front)

3 p.m.: Bell tolling

3 to 7 p.m.: Cultural display (downstairs)

3 to 9 p.m.: Carnival

4 to 9 p.m.: Bingo

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Bon Odori

Outdoor Stage Performances

2:30 p.m.: Welcome by emcee Derek Escano

2:40 p.m: Ha-Aloha Polynesian Dancers

3:20 p.m.: Matsutoyo Kai (minyo)

4 p.m.: June Kuramoto (koto)

4:45 p.m.: Kotobuki no Kai (minyo)

5:20 p.m.: L.A. Matsuri Taiko

6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Break for Obon dancing (north lot)

8:30 p.m.: Raffle drawing

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