Mountain View Obon Festival - July 16th, 201610:03 PM
The Obon Festival kind of signifies a new "fiscal" year for my Lightroom catalogs. I used to have ALL of my pictures in a single one, but it got so unwieldy and slow, I decided to do a yearly catalog instead (and individual ones for trips and gigs). I usually go to the Palo Alto one, which is in August (see past entries here and here), but I will not be in town. My friend and ex-colleague's family goes to that temple and that's how I ended up going in the first place, 10+ years ago. This is only the second time I've been to the Mountain View one, and it is definitely a lot more crowded (plus the grounds are bigger, I think).
I didn't stay as long as I normally do (cause my friend and her family dances at the end of the day), but I did catch some of the Taiko performances and played bingo with another friend). From what I understand, what you do at Obon is not really defined and these seem to be geared towards fund-raising and little kids. It is a fun, wholesome event for you to take toddlers and above (plus the cultural displays and performances are cool). Oh, and id I mention food? There's a bunch of different food - Teriyaki chicken, shaved ice, corn-dogs, salads, etc. I don't know, I usually don't eat there (lines are super long!).
|Auspicious Dance to Music|
|"Lion" having fun with kids in audience|
You can win prizes from the games, such as goldfish, toys, bubbles, and the grand prize for the bingo was an iPad Air 2!
|Who Just Won Fish?! That's right, us!|
The Palo Alto one is in a couple of weeks. You should definitely check it out, especially if you've never been.
|Until Next Year|