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Obon Festival scheduled this weekend in Mtn. View


courtesy of Margaret Abe
Dancers of all ages perform the Bon Odori dance at last year’s Obon Festival in Mountain View. This year’s event is scheduled Sunday.

The Mountain View Buddhist Temple Obon Festival and Bazaar is scheduled 4-10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the temple, 575 N. Shoreline Blvd.

The festival, an annual midsummer Buddhist celebration, attracts hundreds of visitors.

The event will feature a variety of Japanese and Western foods as well as cultural exhibits on flower arranging, decorative rocks and bonsai.

Taiko drummers are scheduled to perform 4:30 and 6 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The Obon Jazz Quartet is slated to take the stage 2 p.m. Sunday, followed by the Chidori Band at 5 p.m.

Hands-on children’s activities are scheduled 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The Bon Odori dance, with more than 400 dancers dressed in happi coats and kimonos, is set for 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Mike Inouye, NBC Bay Area TV traffic anchor, will serve as master of ceremonies on both days.

For more information, call 964-9426 or visit mvbuddhisttemple.org.

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