Pasadena Obon Festival Returns This Weekend

“Kangi-E” means a “gathering of joy” in Japanese and that is the essence of the Obon Festival that will be held at the Pasadena Buddhist Temple on Saturday, July 21, from 4-9 p.m. and Sunday, July 22, from 4-8:30 p.m. on the temple grounds at 1993 Glen Ave. in Pasadena.
Obon Festivals are held throughout Japan and across the United States where Japanese immigrants settled more than 100 years ago. The centerpiece of Obon is the bon odori (Japanese folk dances) accompanied by live taiko drumming at 6:30 p.m. each day. Everyone is welcome to participate.
Festivals are more than dancing, and this one has it all beginning with food. There will be a food court run by the Buddhist Women’s Association featuring: maki sushi/inari sushi (Satuday), chirashi rice (Sunday), unagi (eel) donburi, handmade manju, tamales, egg rolls, Chinese dessert tarts and cha shu bao, pickled cucumbers on a stick, tofu and seaweed salad, and matcha lemonade. Other foods for sale include barbecued chicken teriyaki, beef chow mein with grilled noodles, beef teriyaki, shaved ice and spam musubi.
There will also be 6 p.m. taiko performances by L.A. Ichiza (Saturday) and WLA Taiko (Sunday); martial arts demonstrations; Asian-themed vendors (including Heritage Source Book Sellers, Ahiozawa Pottery, Mariko III and Kisanoreen Jewelry); photo, art, and ikebana exhibits; an opportunity drawing on Sunday (prizes of $1,000, $500, $300) and a silent auction on Saturday featuring a handmade Hawaiian quilt made by a sewing club.
For more information, visit Pasadena
BuddhistTemple.org.

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