My family and I went to two OBon festivals this month. Obon is a Japanese festival that honors deceased ancestors. Over time, in the part of California where we live, it has taken on more of a flavor of a huge multicultural party of thousands of people getting together with their families and dancing in the streets, eating delicious food, seeing authentic Japanese cultural displays, and playing bingo and carnival games. The photo above features my grandson Thomas and DIL Erika as they dance in a parade comprised of many hundreds of dancers.
In the above photo they’re joined by Thomas’ baby sister Riley. Some of you may recognize that Thomas’ outer top is made out of an old cloth bag in which rice was once sold.
Many participants wore traditional kimonos.
Taiko Drummers delight the crowd with their powerful sounds and energetic performances. We had a great time.