2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon

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On Sunday, July 15 2007, I woke my sister up from her afternoon nap and made her come with me to the OCBC obon, an obon that I had heard great things about, and thus was really looking forward to attending. My sister had never been to an obon festival, so I was extra excited to be the one to take her to her first one.

When we arrived, we were immediately amazed at the size and scope of the place. It was larger than any I had previously attended, and had the biggest variety in terms of food selection. We ate, shopped for a bit, enjoyed the taiko performance, and then watched some of the dancing.

This collection includes pictures documenting my day at the OCBC obon, as well as the overall OCBC obon experience. Please browse through and enjoy. I'll warn you, viewing this collection might cause feelings of extreme hunger. :)

The 2007 OCBC Obon took place on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 at the Orange County Buddhist Church, located at 909 S. Dale Avenue in Anaheim, California. To learn more about OCBC, please visit www.bca-ocbc.org

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Open Area

This is a picture of the Orange County Buddhist Church obon grounds before the performances and the dancing. Featured in this space is the yagura, where Daion Taiko members later played to accompany the music that the dancers danced to. The raffle booth is also featued here in the background. …

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Open Area
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Yagura

The Yagura stood at the middle of the lot, at the center of where the dancers gathered to dance. On top were two taiko drums, played by members of OCBC's taiko team, Daion Taiko, as the rest of the attendees danced.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Yagura
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Raffle Drawing

There was a raffle drawing at the obon with very excellent prizes. The grand prize was two round-trip plane tickets to Japan. First prize was $1500, second was $750 and third was $500. These four prizes were only a few of the many smaller prizes available. The tickets were only …

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Raffle Drawing
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Seats

The attendees of the OCBC obon set up their folding chairs early in the day. I was told that some people had their chairs set up as early as 1pm, then left them there to save their spots for later optimal viewing of the performances and the dancing.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Seats
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Ping Pong Booth

The obon featured many game booths, including this ping pong booth. In order to win a prize, participants needed to throw a ping pong ball into one of the fish bowls. In this picture, a little girl attempts to win this game, with the help of her mother.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Ping Pong Booth
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JANM Booth 1

The Japanese American National Museum had a booth at OCBC's obon. They were there to promote the museum and enjoy the obon!

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - JANM Booth 2
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JANM Booth 2

The Japanese American National Museum. The Museum also had this tri-fold sign, full with flyers and brochures. There were also people to answer questions, and an opportunity to become a museum member.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - JANM Booth
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Produce and Plants Booth

The OCBC obon had a large selection of booths and activities for people to try, including this Produce and Plants Booth, which was selling various types of produce. Produce for sale included melons and cucumbers, among others.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Produce Booth
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Green Onions

These green onions were part of the produce for sale at the "Produce and Plants" booth. Other items for sale included grapes, lemons, apples, and melons.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Green Onions
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Boutique

The obon not only had food and games, but also provided a small boutique area as well. This boutique had various items for sale, including handbags, blankets and books, among others. Boutiques, rummage sales, and white elephant booths are quite common at obon festivals in Southern California. Every one I've …

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Boutique
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Sushi

The OCBC obon had a wide variety of food available, including this sushi plate, which consisted of california rolls and inarizushi, or what I like to call "football sushi."

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Sushi
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Teriyaki Plate

I ate the teriyaki plate shown here, and it was very tasty. It's a good thing my sister was there with me to help finish it off, because it was so much food!

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Teriyaki Plate
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Chicken Teriyaki Bowl

This chicken teriyaki bowl was sold from the same booth as the beef and chicken teriyaki plates, the sushi, and the spam musubi. The lines at this booth were always long.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Chicken Teriyaki Bowl
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Oden

The obon also had oden, a type of Japanese hot pot. Oden consists of fish cakes, daikon radish, boiled eggs, and more. It is delicious, but watch out! It's hot!

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Oden
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Hot Fudge Sunday

Ice cream was for sale at the "Soft Serve / Boba" booth. It looked really good.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Hot Fudge Sunday
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Boba

The OCBC obon had boba for sale. There were different flavors of tea. A Milk Tea with Boba is featured in this picture.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Boba
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Teri-burger Booth

Teri-burgers for sale too. This was a traditional-looking hamburger, with teriyaki beef instead of a traditional hamburger patty.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Teri-burger Booth
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Teri-burger

This is the teri-burger. What an invention!

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Teri-burger
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Ika Teriyaki

The OCBC obon featured an Ika Teriyaki Booth. "Ika" in English is squid.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Ika Teriyaki
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Ika Teriyaki (Squid)

This is a picture of the Ika Teriyaki. It was cooked there at the obon, right behind the booth. Fresh...

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Ika Teriyaki 2
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Making Ika Teriyaki

This is a picture of the Ika Teriyaki booth. Here, people are cooking the squid that would later become the main component of the Ika Teriyaki dish.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Making Ika Teriyaki
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Hawaiian Shaved Ice Booth

The OCBC obon had Hawaiian shaved ice, also known as snow cones, for sale. I'm not sure why, but snow cone booths at obons in Southern California always have the longest lines. They must be good!

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Hawaiian Shaved Ice
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Hawaiian Shaved Ice

This is a picture of a rainbow shaved ice, or snow cone. It looks like grape, lime and strawberry flavors. The snow cone would have been a nice way to cool off that day.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Hawaiian Shaved Ice 2
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Imagawayaki Booth

Imagawayaki was for sale when I went on July 15. It is a sweet dessert traditionally made with sweet batter on the outside and azuki bean paste on the inside, although it is possible to fill the batter with other food items.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Imagawayaki Booth
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Imagawayaki

This is the imagawayaki sold at the 2007 OCBC obon festival.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Imagawayaki
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Making Imagawayaki

This is a picture of the workers making Imagawayaki. It is made much like one would make a waffle, minus the grid-iron pattern.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Making Imagawayaki
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Dango Booth

The OCBC obon had dango for sale, a sweet and sugary treat, much like a doughnut hole. Dango is a popular food item at obons in Southern California, and often much anticipated.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Dango
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Dango

This is a picture of the dango that was sold. It looked really good.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Dango 2
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Corn Booth

The OCBC obon had corn for sale. The corn was sold "on-the-cob," and looked delicious. It was glazed in butter.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Corn Booth
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Corn

This is the delicious corn-on-the-cob.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Corn
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Gym

The gym of the Orange County Buddhist Church served as the eating area for the 2007 OCBC obon. The gym area was air-conditioned, which really was a relief from the hot day outside.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Gym
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Udon

Udon was for sale inside the air conditioned gym. The gym also served as a place to eat any of the other food that was purchased outside.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Udon
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Daion Taiko 1

The Orange County Buddhist Church had its very own taiko team, Daion Taiko, who performed right before the dancing began. The group played for about 30 minutes, and their set included a wide variety of songs. This song involved a lot of movement, which this picture attempts to showcase.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Daion Taiko 1
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Daion Taiko 2

Daion Taiko consists of members ranging from age 10 to adults. The players on Sunday were all in different uniforms, some in yukata's some in hapi coats, but all played well together.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Daion Taiko 2
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Daion Taiko 3

This is part of Daion Taiko, some players playing in sukeroku style, and others playing the odaiko.

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Daion Taiko 3
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Dancing 1

The Orange County Buddhist Church had a fair number of people come out to dance in their large chalked circle. The track was definately full, although the announcer said that the night before was even more crowded!

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Dancing 1
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Dancing 2

This picture shows the large number of people present at the Orange County Buddhist Church obon on Sunday, July 15. The dance area was full of energy that night!

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Dancing 2
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Dancing 3

The dancing seemed like the highlight of the night, for so many people participated. I don't know where all the people came from!

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Dancing 3
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Community Support

These different hapi coats represent the many visitors and supporters of the Orange County Buddhist Church obon. Members of other Buddhist temples and churches came to the OCBC obon to eat, drink, shop and dance. They showed pride for their respective churches by wearing different colored hapi coats. The wide …

2007 Orange County Buddhist Church Obon - Community Support
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eishida — 更新日 6月 28 2021 1:49 a.m.


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