Hello all! As we said in our class last night, July and August are jam packed with Japanese festivals. They usually start in the afternoon and run until 9 or so in the evening, culminating in easy-to-learn odori dancing. The food is always good, with each temple competing to make the best teriyaki, sushi or noodles-most will also have special unique dishes that only they make.
Here's a schedule for the festivals in Los Angeles