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APAWLA Obon Festival Meet-Up

07/29/2018 5:00 pm

Sunday, July 29, 2018

2018 Higashi Honganji Obon Festival
Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple
505 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Please RSVP to by July 28, 2018.

Meeting Location: We will meet at 5:00 pm at the entrance of the festival on E. 3rd St. **Please note that the Obon Festival is from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday but APAWLA members will be meeting up at 5:00 pm on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at the entrance. Please look for the sign that says "APAWLA".

Parking Information: Free parking is available at S & P Parking, 428 E. Temple Avenue (Mangrove), next to the Little Tokyo Gold Line Station from 11 am to 10 pm. There will be a free shuttle service to and from Higashi.

The Obon Festival is a fun, annual community gathering of people of all ages to enjoy the free entertainment, to eat the delicious dango, Okinawan donuts, and other festival foods, and participate in the traditional Bon Odori dancing and Manto-E services. Cultural performances/exhibits begin at 1:45 pm featuring Lumbini Kids, Kitsune Taiko, Asian Persuasion, June Kuramoto, Nakama Daiko, and happyfunsmile. Manto-E services will begin at 5:30 pm. The tradition of Manto-e during the Obon Festival is to light the sky with "ten thousand lanterns," originating about 1,200 years ago. Manto-e lanterns can be offered in memory of a departed love one. Bon Odori dancing will begin at 6:30 pm.

Obon is a traditional event to honor and express gratitude to the spirits of our ancestors, those before us who provided us with the gift of life. Each year, obon is held as a time to celebrate the return of the spirits of our ancestors. For more information, please see the attached flyer or go to