Posts Tagged ‘benevolent’

Japantown Lantern Parade Festival and Bon Odori Dance 2010 a Huge Success

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Yeasterday’s Lantern Parade Festival and Bon Odori Dance in Japantown was well-attended. Here’s some video and  here’s the dragon, courtesy of the SFNoobs.

Now, I didn’t stick around for nightfall, but here’s what things looked like early on, under the pouring sun.

The parade coming…

…and going:

People were encouraged to wave their hands in the air like they just didn’t care. (Note Retail for Lease sign in background.)

And here comes the queen and court for the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program 2010 

Amd here’s what people were carrying:

And here’s the only pol that I saw, Emily Murase. She’s running for the San Francisco Board of Education in November:

All this was taken in by a (mostly) enthusiastic crowd:

Takko, the garlic capital of  Japan, sounds like my kind of town:

People were dusting off their summery yukata to join in:

See you next year!

Lantern Parade Festival and Bon Odori Dance in Japantown Sunday Night: 150th Anniversary

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Per Hokubei.com:

“Inspired by the 1936 Chochin Gyoretsu (Lantern Parade) commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Kanrin Maru’s arrival, the Japanese Benevolent Society of California, the Japantown Merchants Association, the Japanese American Religious Federation, and other Japantown community organizations have organized a lantern parade celebrating the 150th. “Yosakoi,” a traditional folk dance of the Kochi region, which will host the 2011 Grassroots Summit, will be performed from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to participate. The Bon Odori/Lantern Parade will follow from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.”

See you there.