Obon Carnival at Zenshuji

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Zenshuji Soto Mission in Little Tokyo will hold its 54th Obon Carnival on the weekend of July 7-8.

The event will feature the Bon Odori, tea ceremony and flower arrangement demonstrations, and art exhibits.

In addition to food and drinks, there will be a farmer’s market with produce and flowers, a white elephant sale, and a raffle. Purchases must be made with cash.

Entertainment will include a talent show, children’s games, taiko drumming, traditional dances, and Shorinji kempo.

Zendeko (www.zendeko.org) is Zenshuji's taiko group.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, July 7

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

1:30 p.m.: Obon service

3 p.m.: Karaoke

4 p.m.: Kikuta-Kai (Japanese folk dance)

4:30 p.m.: Shorinji kempo (martial art)

5 p.m.: Zendeko (taiko)

5:30 p.m.: Random Ninjas (rock)

6:15 p.m.: Bon Odori

Sunday, July 8

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

1:30 p.m.: Obon service

2:45 p.m.: Tokushima Awa Odori (folk dance)

3:15 p.m.: Matsumae-Kai (folk music)

3:45 p.m.: Bando Mitsuhiro (Japanese classical dance)

4:30 p.m.: Hollenbeck Palms Retirement Home (line dance)

5 p.m.: Zendeko

5:30 p.m.: Raffle drawing

6 p.m.: Matsumae-Kai

6:30 p.m.: Bon Odori

The temple is located at 123 S. Hewitt St. (between First and Second), Los Angeles. Park at the Mega Toys lot on Garey and Second. For more information, call (213) 624-8658 or visit www.zenshuji.org.

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