Natsu Matsuri and Obon Festival
A Natsu Matsuri and Obon Festival was held on July 9, 2011 at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center (JCCC).
There were a number of booths inside and outside in the JCCC parking lot.
It was a very hot day so this ice cream truck was a welcome sight and very popular.
The highlight of the Natsu Matsuri was the dance performances by members of the JCCC Sakura Kai and Ayami Kai dance groups.
There was also a taiko drum performance (I didn’t catch the name of the group).
Young and old attended the festivities.
Before the Obon Festival, a prayer was said by the Buddhist priests from the Toronto Buddhist Church.
The Obon Festival highlight was the bon dance held in the parking lot with many yukata clad dancers (each dance group wore the same yukata).