Obon: Senshin Buddhist Temple

We kicked off this summer’s obon season at Senshin Buddhist Temple on Saturday. Everyone packed Senshin’s parking lot, moving in synchronized fashion as they danced bon odori. The people who live across the street from (in this South Central neighborhood) were in their front yard, curiously watching the festivities from a distance.

This was my first time going to Senshin’s obon. We heard a great performance by Andagi—an Okinawan shamisen group based out of Gardena—ate chili rice, shaved ice, and danced to the beat of the taiko drum.


Afterwards we all made our way to the temple to offer incense and light a candle in memory of those who have passed. Somen and fruit punch were served and we stayed long enough to hear one taiko performance. It was past Sa’s bedtime and it was clear we needed to get her to bed. Even though we headed home early, we left satisfied with good food, good music, memories of the past, and happy we shared the evening with a community of friends.

A few more obons in the coming months:
July 11–12: Nishi Hongwanji
July 25–26: Higashi Hongangi Buddhist Temple
August 1–2: Gardena Buddhist Church

Click here for more obon festivals happening in the U.S. this summer.


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  1. lynde t
    Posted October 26, 2009 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    thanks for the Andagi shoutout. I’m looking forward to trying the miso eggplant recipe AND the shoyu chicken recipe. I’m so happy you have a food blog. I LOVE FOOD. –lyn

  2. Posted October 26, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for visiting, Lynde! Let me know if you try any recipes… would love to hear how they turn out! Yay FOOD!

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