August 14, 2023 Slideshows » Arts + Scene

Obon Festival 2023 

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Photo by Mark Larson
The event began with traditional Japanese shakuhachi flute music by Rick Kruse.
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The Obon ceremonial opening was presented by Rinban Gerald Sakamoto, minister for the San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church.
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Everyone – including Totoro – was invited to join in Bon Odori, traditional Japanese folkdancing, led by Craig Kurumada.
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Everyone was invited to join in Bon Odori, traditional Japanese folkdancing, led by Craig Kurumada.
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Bon Odori, traditional Japanese folkdancing, was led by Craig Kurumada with Gary Ronne on Taiko drum.
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Everyone – including Totoro – joined in Bon Odori, traditional Japanese folkdancing, led by Craig Kurumada.
Photo by Mark Larson
Artist Cate Be from CBe Ceramics stepped away from her vendor table to join in Bon Odori, traditional Japanese folkdancing, led by Craig Kurumada.
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Food vendors offered a variety of Asian and Pacific Islander cuisine.
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Alex Ozaki McNeill's daughter got in some enthusiastic Taiko drumming practice at the family-friendly event.
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Humboldt Taiko drummer Deborah Ketelsen, of McKinleyville, stepped in for a hug with Totoro.
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On a very warm afternoon Patty Hecht (left) and Vicki Ozaki offered some cooling breezes with their fans to Totoro (in what must have been a very warm costume).
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Volunteer Sheri Woo invites attendees to contribute to the Eureka Chinatown Monument Project; hand-made Totoro gifts were offered for larger donations. Additional fundraising was done at the event to help residents of Maui.
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Volunteer Michael McClimon, of Fortuna, helped attendees fill the "community tree" with their remembrances.
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Humboldt Taiko led by Gary Ronne performed its usual outstanding drumming.
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Drummers Yumi Ozaki (foreground) and Ali Lee performed with Humboldt Taiko at the Obon Festival.
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Guest drummer Franco Imperial from the San Jose Taiko joined in the Humboldt Taiko performance.
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As late afternoon fog approached to cool things down, Humboldt Taiko drummers wrapped up their performance.
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Humboldt Taiko drummer Deborah Ketelsen, of McKinleyville, stepped in for a hug with Totoro.

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