dancersBon dancers shake off the winter cobwebs and move in midseason form to the sounds of Japanese folk music at Sun Valley Buddhist Temple’s 61st annual Obon Festival, held June 21 and 22.

Dancers of all ages and from temples across the region participated.Dancers of all ages and from temples across the region participated.

IMG_0036The yagura in the center of the circle was a platform for taiko drummers keeping the beat.

taikoAbove and below: L.A. Matsuri Taiko gave a rousing performance for the audience during the rest period for the dancers.

_MG_0259_MG_0032Matsutoyo Minyo Kai performed minyo music.

IMG_0006Kids with prizes won at the game booths.

IMG_0010Snow cones were a popular item.

IMG_0014Volunteers prepared bowl after bowl of udon.

IMG_0016Teriyaki chicken is grilled to perfection.

Photos by MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo

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