Thursday, July 20, 2017

Festivals, Fires, Fortes 3

Weekend of July 7 there are two Obons downtown across the street from each other. They adjust the dance times so that they don't compete with each other. I have to say that the chili rice at the Zenshuji Soto Mission Temple is my favorite. 

Sunday I was convinced to not to back to the Obons, but go to Noodle Champ in Chinatown instead.

The Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, where I started.

I thought it was a hip bus bench.

The smaller Zenshuji Soto Mission Temple.

I didn't get the chili rice on the first trip.

There was also a booth cooking squid. 

Preparing for a martial arts demonstration at 
Zenshuji Soto Mission Temple.

Ikebana at Zenshuji Soto Mission Temple.

Takoyaki, where some of that squid ended up.

Back across the street to Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple for some taiko.

They have moved the dance area at Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. This is it before it moves the fun begins.

A guardian. 

On the way back to Zenshuji Soto Mission Temple, a good view
of the Federal prison in he heart of downtown Los Angeles. 

That mo' betta chili rice at Zenshuji.

Here is the biggest difference between the two Obons. This is 
Zenshuji Soto Mission Temple. The beginning of the Obon dance.
Eventually there were more dancers, but not many. It was hip anyway.

Whereas this is the beginning of the dancing at Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.
And more joined in. 

Early evening cityscape.

The inimitable Glenn Nashida working out a sound problem for a
band about to go on the entertainment page.

I have a lot of my recordings and as a sideman at Glenn's studio in Los Angeles on
the edge of Culver City. It is  a great studio and Glenn is a great engineer. 

The happenings at Noodle Champ...

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