Get your yukata and geta on- it's Obon season!
Here are a few of my favorite Japanese festivals and Obon festivals, courtesy of Japanese-City.com
All of the Obon festivals have obon dance practices during the weeks before the festival. Check each individual temple online to find out about dance practices.
Saturday, June 7th, The Arizona Buddhist Temple Obon Festival
Saturday, June 7th, The Japanese Cultural Fair, Santa Cruz, CA
Saturday, July 12-13th, San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Obon Festival
Sunday, July 13th, Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple Obon Festival
Sunday, July 20th, Watsonville Buddhist Temple Obon (link to their website)
Sunday, July 27th, Salinas Obon Festival- Buddhist Temple of Salinas
More exciting Japanese Cultural events coming this summer:
Sunday, July 13th, Bridge USA Natsu Matsuri, Torrance, CA
Saturday, August 9th, Tanabata Matsuri, Little Tokyo
Sunday, August 17th, Nisei Week Ondo and Closing Ceremony, Little Tokyo, LA