Obon Festival – July 26-27, 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Title: OBON Festival

Description: OBON is a traditional event to honor and express gratitude to the spirits of our ancestors, those before us who provided us with the gift of life. The Obon Festival is held as a celebration of the return of the spirits of our ancestors. The festival features food, games, farmers market, flower market, tea ceremony demonstrations, traditional Bon Odori Dancing, and various types of entertainment.

Start Date: 2014-07-26

Start Time: 1:00 pm

End Date: 2014-07-27

End Time: 9:00 pm

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Demonstrations -

Tea Ceremony – Sunday, 7/27, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Downstairs in Room 2 (Red Room).

Ogasawara-ryu Sencha-do Tea Ceremony Demonstrations will be performed by Matsumura Shachu (Tea master Matsumura (seated to the right) & her students).

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Entertainment -

The 2014 entertainment lineup will include happyfunsmilehereandnowTAIKOPROJECT, Local Mojo and many others.

Performance Schedule (subject to change)

Saturday, July 26
MC – Shin Ito    Guest MC – Rodney Kageyama
1:30 Garvey Ranch Dojo
2:00 hereandnow
2:30 Fujima Kansei Odori Kai
3:15 TAIKOPROJECT
4:15 Local Mojo
5:15 Bombu / Kitsune /Tanuki
6:00 Manto-e Service
6:30 Bon Odori
Sunday, July 27
MC – Shin Ito
12:30 Live 4 Today
1:30 Lumbini Kids On Stage
2:00 Kinnara Taiko
2:45 Halau Hula ‘a’ ala Anuhea
3:30 Miko Shudo
4:30 Bombu / Kitsune / Tanuki
6:00 happyfunsmile
5:30 Manto-e Service
6:00 happyfunsmile
6:30 Bon Odori
Local Mojo Miko Shudo
happyfunsmile

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Services -

OBON HATSUBON SERVICE – July 27, 11:30 a.m.

MANTO-E SERVICES – Saturday – 6:00 p.m. – Sunday 5:30 p.m.

The tradition of Manto-e during the Obon Festival is to light the sky with “ten thousand lanterns”, originating about 1,200 years ago. Manto-e lanterns can be offered in memory of a departed love one, so if you wish to do so, please refer to the Manto-e form to apply for one.

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OBON Gift Certificates -

Great gifts for family & friends! Gift Certificates can be purchased for food items in $5.00 increments by printing out a gift certificate form, fill it out, and send it in with payment to the Temple Office. ________________________________________________________________________________________________

OBON Parking -

Parking will be available at the Medical Building on 3rd Street, across from the temple at 420 E. 3rd Street, LA 90013. The lot entrance is on Boyd Street. Higashi Honganji Obon visitors will receive a discounted maximum daily fee of $5.00, plus a complimentary Obon raffle ticket valued at $3.00.

In order to receive your discount voucher and raffle ticket, please bring your stub to the Raffle Booth at the entrance to our Obon Festival.

PLEASE BE AWARE OF PARKING LOT CLOSING TIMES!

The Medical Building parking lot closes at 10:00 P.M. and other parking lots in Little Tokyo close earlier!

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Bon Odori Dancing - Both days at 6:30 p.m.

BON Odori Practice - Practice dates are Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm in the social hall.