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Zenshuji Obon Carnival This Weekend


The 59th annual Obon Carnival will be held at Zenshuji Soto Mission, 123 W. Hewitt St. (between First and Second streets) in Los Angeles, on Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The temple’s biggest fundraiser of the year will feature food, entertainment, a farmer’s market, a white elephant sale, a raffle, Obon services and Bon Odori. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, July 9

All day: Flower exhibition

12:30-4 p.m.: Tea ceremony

1:30 p.m.: Obon service

3:00 p.m.: Talent show

4:00 p.m.: Japanese folk dance by Tokushima Awa Odori

4:30 p.m.: Japanese Folk Dance by Hoshun-Kai

5:15 p.m.: Martial arts by Shorinji Kempo

5:45 p.m.: Taiko by Zendeko

6:30 p.m.: Bon Odori

Sunday, July 10

All day: Flower exhibition

12:30-4 p.m.: Tea ceremony

1:30 p.m.: Obon service

3:00 p.m.: Singing by Katharina Miyoshi and Jason Yu

3:30 p.m.: Martial arts by Shorinji Kempo

4:00 p.m.: Taiko by East L.A. Taiko

4:45 p.m.: Koto by Koto Zanmai

5:30 p.m.: Taiko by Zendeko and East L.A. Taiko

6:15 p.m.: Raffle drawing

6:30 p.m.: Bon Odori

Parking is free with permit. Stop by the carnival and pick up a map/permit for the following locations:

Main lot: Across First Street; enter from Temple Street

Kato’s Sewing Machine lot: Reserved for handicapped parking

• 830 Traction St: 20 spaces available

• 300 S. Central Ave: Available after 2 p.m.; shuttle service from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• 360 S. Alameda St.: All available; shuttle service from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• 713 E. Third St.: Reserved for performers

For more information, call (213) 624-8658 or visit www.zenshuji.org.

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