Friday, July 23, 2010

Obon Mid Summer Festival In Mountain View

My little girl's friend invited her to see her performance at the Japanese Temple where the Obon Festival is held every year.  We were there on Saturday at 4:00 pm.  The weather was extremely pleasant for summer time.  We first saw these Taiku performances began at 4:30 pm.  My friend's husband and kids were also doing the Taiku here.
Elementary kids playing Taiku

These little kids were so cute wearing their little kimonos.

After the show, we headed to the Cultural Exhibit Room where Ikebana and Mataro kimekomi dolls were displayed.  The Ikebana is the artistic way of Japanese flower arrangements. These were mainly for display only and not for sale. 
We first spotted these miniature Ikebana arrangements.
There were so many beautiful Ikebana arrangments:

The bonsai were also displayed:
Japanese dolls:

There were also various cultural displays sales and games, flower shop; home crafts; children’s games and hands-on cultural activities. There were also selling handmade home crafts such as quilts, cushions, bags and aprons at very good prices.  The event also featured a variety of Japanese and other popular foods, such as teriyaki chicken, sushi, spam mushubi, udon, corn-on-the-cob, hot dogs and French fries. For desserts, there were strawberry shortcake, mochi and shave ice. 

It was nice and fun to go to a different cultural event on a relaxing Saturday.  

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