Obon festival this weekend at Higashi Honganji Temple
Somebody told me Little Tokyo was a place for festivals. I can't agree more. July - mi August is even more special as this is the month of Obon, an annual Buddhist event to commemorate one's ancestors in Japan. I heard that Obon was one of the most important traditions for Japanese people. When I was in Hawaii, which has the largest population of Japanese American and Japanese visitors in the country, I remembered the summer was even called "Bon season". In Little Tokyo, different temples celebrate this festival at different dates. And this weekend is at Higashi Honganji Temple.
So if you are traveling to Little Tokyo this week, don't miss the chance to live in 'Obon season' by joining the cultural celebration and food bazaar at Higashi Honganji Temple on Saturday and Sunday July 28th - 29th. There are games, oishii food, farmer's market, and especially bon ordori or bon dance. Oop! there are free practice sessions for bon dancing before the actual event - see http://www.hhbt-la.org/Obon.html for more details. See you there!