Obon in the Garden

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Buddhist Temple of Alameda held its Bon Odori on July 27 on the temple grounds, which feature a large Japanese garden. Live music was provided by San Jose’s Chidori Band.

The lead instructors were Michiya Hanayagi (above, left), who held her 53rd Japanese classical dance recital earlier this year, and her daughter, Michisuya Hanayagi (below, right).

Rev. Zuikei Taniguchi (right) explained the significance of Obon and joined in the dancing. His wife, Rev. Shoyo Taniguchi, formerly of Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church in Union City, also participated.

Dorothy Hashimoto (pictured) and Doug Doerr used a video camera to record the Bon Odori from a dancer’s point of view. To see the video, visit www.btoa.org/html/events.html and click “Obon 2013.”

As night fell, dancers adjourned to the temple hall, where they were treated to hot dogs and drinks.

Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo

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