Archive for July, 2011

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HAPPYFUNSMILE at the Oregon Buddhist Temple Obon Festival, Saturday 8/6, 6:30pm

July 15, 2011

HAPPYFUNSMILE will have its Oregon debut at the Oregon Buddhist Temple Obon Festival, held on Saturday August 6 from 3-9pm. We’ll be performing at 6:30pm and starting the bon-odori soon afterwards! Akiko will be singing, Ali and Ryan will be coming up from California, and we’ll be welcoming Andre St James on bass! Hope to see you there!

Oregon Buddhist Temple
3720 SE 34th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202
Admission: Free

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HAPPYFUNSMILE at the LA Higashi Honganji Obon Festival, 7/30 and 7/31

July 15, 2011

HAPPYFUNSMILE will be back entertaining the folks at the Los Angeles Higashi Honganji Obon Festival. This is a favorite event of ours, sharing the stage with TaikoProject, Bombu, Kitsune, and others! We’ll be performing at 6:15pm on Saturday July 30 and 5:30pm on Sunday July 31. Come join the fun!

Akiko will be singing, Josh and Ryan will be coming from NYC, and we’ll be welcoming our new male singer Taku Kumagai and bassist Devin Hoff!

Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple
505 East Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Admission: Free

Update: Photos from our performance were posted on the Rafu Shimpo site.

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Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team

July 15, 2011

It’s been a busy month for the Portland Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team! Traci and I participated in several fun performances with the group:

July 3, 12pm: Opening celebration for the New Garden Chinese Buffet and Sushi in Sandy, Oregon.

July 5, 7:30pm and 8:30pm: Performance for the “Tuesdays by Twilight” series at the Lan Su Chinese Garden.

July 9, 12pm: Performance at the Lee’s Association Annual Picnic at the Oaks Amusement Park.