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Festivals, celebrations, and holidays

Sources of Japanese American community interaction included picnics, musicals, concerts, martial arts competitions, and festivals such as Bon Odori (annual Buddhist festival commemorating ancestors).

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Cornerstone emplacement ceremony (ddr-sbbt-4-161)
img Cornerstone emplacement ceremony (ddr-sbbt-4-161)
A ceremony is held at 1427 Main Street as contractor William Hughes emplaces the cornerstone.
Two men hold flags at the front of a procession (ddr-sbbt-4-10)
img Two men hold flags at the front of a procession (ddr-sbbt-4-10)
Two men hold an American and a Japanese flag at the front of a procession moving the Buddhist Temple's butsudan to 1020 Main Street.
Cornerstone emplacement ceremony (ddr-sbbt-4-162)
img Cornerstone emplacement ceremony (ddr-sbbt-4-162)
A ceremony is held at 1427 Main Street as contractor William Hughes emplaces the cornerstone.
Musicians line up for a procession (ddr-sbbt-4-17)
img Musicians line up for a procession (ddr-sbbt-4-17)
Musicians line up for the procession to move the Buddhist Temple's butsudan to 1020 Main Street.
Men carry the butsudan (ddr-sbbt-4-19)
img Men carry the butsudan (ddr-sbbt-4-19)
Men carry the butsudan to enshrine the altar at 1020 Main Street.
Adults and children line up for a procession (ddr-sbbt-4-14)
img Adults and children line up for a procession (ddr-sbbt-4-14)
Adults and children participate in a procession to move the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple's butsudan to 1020 Main Street.
Women march in a procession (ddr-sbbt-4-16)
img Women march in a procession (ddr-sbbt-4-16)
Women line up for the procession to move the Buddhist Temple's butsudan to 1020 Main Street.
Enshrinement of the butsudan (ddr-sbbt-4-20)
img Enshrinement of the butsudan (ddr-sbbt-4-20)
The new enshrinement of the butsudan at 1020 Main Street.
Men carry the butsudan in a procession (ddr-sbbt-4-18)
img Men carry the butsudan in a procession (ddr-sbbt-4-18)
Men carry the butsudan in a procession to enshrine the altar at 1020 Main Street.
Women and children line up for a procession (ddr-sbbt-4-12)
img Women and children line up for a procession (ddr-sbbt-4-12)
Women and children line up for the procession to move the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple's butsudan to 1020 Main Street. Accompanying materials state: Rev. Aoki in center (served Temple 1930-1936).
Children march in a procession (ddr-sbbt-4-13)
img Children march in a procession (ddr-sbbt-4-13)
Ochigo procession while moving the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple's butsudan to 1020 Main Street.
Shinran statue for the Gotan-e service (ddr-sbbt-6-160)
img Shinran statue for the Gotan-e service (ddr-sbbt-6-160)
The Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple's Shinran statue for the Gotan-e service (birth of Shinran Shonin).
Altar with Shinran statue for the Gotan-e service (ddr-sbbt-6-159)
img Altar with Shinran statue for the Gotan-e service (ddr-sbbt-6-159)
The Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple's altar for the Gotan-e service (birth of Shinran Shonin).
Letter from Helen Boyd to the Seattle Buddhist Church (ddr-sbbt-6-56)
doc Letter from Helen Boyd to the Seattle Buddhist Church (ddr-sbbt-6-56)
A letter from Helen Boyd, Executive Director of the Seattle-King County Council Camp Fire Girls, accepting the Seattle Buddhist Church's (Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple) invitation to to a Welcome Banquet in honor of Lord Abbot Kosho A. Ohtani and Lady Yoshiko Ohtani.
Fiftieth anniversary group photograph (ddr-sbbt-6-36)
img Fiftieth anniversary group photograph (ddr-sbbt-6-36)
Group photograph outside the Collins Field House for a 50th anniversary celebration.
Letter from Consul General and Mrs. Shigemi Hayashida to the Seattle Buddhist Church (ddr-sbbt-6-55)
doc Letter from Consul General and Mrs. Shigemi Hayashida to the Seattle Buddhist Church (ddr-sbbt-6-55)
A letter from the Consul General of Japan and his wife, Mrs. Shigemi Hayashida, accepting the Seattle Buddhist Church's (Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple) invitation to a Welcome Banquet in honor of Lord Abbot Kosho A. Ohtani and Lady Yoshiko Ohtani.
Lotus Kidettes Drill Team performs in a gymnasium (ddr-sbbt-6-113)
img Lotus Kidettes Drill Team performs in a gymnasium (ddr-sbbt-6-113)
Lotus Kidettes Drill Team performs in the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple's gymnasium.
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