AN EVENING OF CULTURE, DANCE AND FOOD. Ekoji Buddhist Temple is celebrating its' 31st Obon Festival on Saturday, July 14th from 5:30pm to 9pm with a full evening of activities including traditional Japanese folk dancing, a memorial candle ceremony, children's games and a taiko performance by Nen Daiko. Great food will be available for purchase including chicken teriyaki bento, somen, curry rice, shaved ice, hot dogs, and homemade desserts. Food can be pre-ordered (recommended) at www.ekoji.org. Temple tours will be available. On Sunday, July 15, a joint service will be held at 11 a.m., officiated by Rev. Brian Nagata visiting from Berkeley, Ca., who will also serve as the guest speaker. The festival is free and open to the public. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.ekoji.org.