One of the joys in my life is attending the Obon festivals in Los Angeles every July. These are traditional Japanese Buddhist events to honor deceased ancestors. For me the highlight of the festival is the Bon Odori dancing. All the temples in the Los Angeles area offer free dance lessons open to the general public prior to the Obon. After a few years of being a dumb bystander, this year I availed myself of the free lessons at the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo. What a wonderful place this is. The teacher and the members are so gentle and friendly. After the Obon I will post a video from the coming festival. For now take a look at the 2009 festival clip to give you a little feel for the festivities:
Now on to 2010. Take a look at a couple of my dance lessons. Sure laugh if you must. 🙂 I’m wearing a blue Hawaiian shirt: 😉
I did go to the Obon festival July 24, 2010. It was better than ever most likely because I knew enough dances to participate for 2 hours in the dancing. I could not get any of my friends to stop dancing to video myself. But you will see a very brief glimpse of me near the end showing off the Happi Jacket I bought at the Obon.