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Taiko drum performances are staples of the annual Obon Festival.
While some shy away from change, the Japanese Buddhists at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple are all about embracing it. Members have even created ‘Change Happens” T-shirts that will be available for sale at the Obon Festival and Bazaar they are scheduled to host Saturday and Sunday.
According to Mike Inouye, the festival’s outreach director, the event has undergone logistical changes over the past few years to conform to updated safety codes and regulations. As a result, the layout of the festival will change and no longer be able to accommodate some carnival activities. Additionally, organizers won’t be able to serve the amount of rice, noodles and corn they have in the past because of new regulations on gas lines.