by Rev. Jon Turner.
In mid-July, the Orange County Buddhist Church holds an Obon festival. During the festival, many people come to the BEC Book Sale booth in front of the Hondo and ask us where are the Koi fish, the Bonsai trees, the displays and the demonstrations. I always smile when this happens and I explain to them that they are thinking of the Hanamatsuri festival which is held each year in mid-April to celebrate the Buddha’s birth.