Braving the heat, thousands showed up at the Orange County Buddhist Temple Obon Festival in Anaheim over the weekend, taking in traditional Japanese games, food and drink.
A giant dance circle called the Bon Odori was just slow and rhythmic enough that beginners threw themselves into the fray. But the uninitiated who were brave enough generally didn't look good doing it–adding to the fun of the dance.
Fortunately, they could drown any lingering embarrassment in the ample choices of food, drink and gambling the festival offered. Pictures, where to find the next Obon festival and what to try there follow after the jump.