Obon season runs usually from the beginning of July to the beginning of August. They are held at many of the local Buddhist temples and are a celebration to honor the ancestors. We only made it to two Obons this year, Senshin held on July 1st and the West LA Obon on July 30th.
Here we are at the Senshin obon with Nobuko. It was a little hectic as Maiya did not want to be held. She wanted to be out wandering amongst the circle of dancers-crossing into the dancing traffic. She really liked all the dancing lights. We danced the Tanko Bushi and One Plus One, the two dances that Tony & I know.
It was my first time to the West LA obon, it is the one that Tony grew up going to, and it was a lot of fun. It was much bigger than I thought it would be. My parents were visiting, so they went with us. Maiya is wearing her taiko and fan hapi coat sent from Yuko from Okinawa last summer! We didn't see the dancing at this one as it was out on the street, and we were inside eating food. Maiya and Tony enjoyed the Teriyaki chicken and Chili Rice very much as you can see from the photo above. I liked that they had Bi Bim Bap, my favorite Korean rice dish. The shaved ice was awesome, but Maiya had a bit of a meltdown, so we had to leave rather quickly. Such is life with an active toddler!