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Obon Festival and Bon Odori

July 24, 2011

Bon odori is a spiritual activity in which we just dance, without fretting over how one looks, nor showing one’s ability…dance just as you are with no conniving, no calculating, no image protecting or flaunting.

Obon is a Buddhist tradition expressing gratitude to friends and family that have departed (similar to Dia los Muertos or All Souls Day).   Each temple and church celebrates Obon differently.  West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple’s Obon festival celebrates the joy of life through Bon odori, or dancing and everyone is welcomed to dance during the festival.  Many attend odori practice beforehand and others just follow each other on the day of the event.  The folk dances tell stories and can be a combination of dances from all over Japan.  Festivities during the event include game booths for the children, bingo for the adults, enjoying Japanese food, viewing bonsai and ikebana exhibits, and watching the  taiko performances.

inside the beautiful temple

Yagura – where people dance around 

Hibari Ondo- a dance with the use of fans

Mottainai meaning not to waste 

Akachan Ondo (Kachi Kachi)- a dance using wooden clickers

taiko drums

curry rice and spam musubi, the rice was cooked perfectly

Blueberry imagawayaki with ice-cream which was refreshing during the hot day

Udon soup was perfect for the cool night


perfect bonsai trees

More pictures are on my facebook page.  Check out other upcoming Obon festivals:

4 Comments leave one →
  1. vickeylive permalink
    August 3, 2011 12:26 am

    different culture ,different food ,different feeling ,what a wonderful world !

  2. July 29, 2011 7:43 pm

    yummy…. Asian food


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