dancersSignaling the start of the Obon season and Japanese festivals in the Southern California area, the Valley Japanese Community Center in Sun Valley held its Obon Odori on the weekend of June 20-21. Attendees came ready with their uchiwa (round fan), tenugui (towel) and kachi kachi (castanets).

vjcc taikoValley Japanese Community Center’s taiko group performs.

minyo stationAbove and below: The Minyo Station ensemble wowed the audience.

keeping the beatkendoMartial arts demonstrations included kendo.

Performance by Hashimoto Hoshunki Kai.

Performance by Hashimoto Hoshunki Kai.

gamesAbove and below: The festival included a variety of games for children.

games2Visitors were also treated to their favorite foods at various booths, raffles, tea ceremony demonstrations and cultural exhibits.

Photos by MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo

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