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Obon festival dances into new Ontario venue

Kawa Taiko, a traditional Japanese drumming group, performed at the recent Global Village Festival in Ontario. (Malheur Enterprise / Jayme Fraser)

ONTARIO – There is one big change coming for the annual Obon celebration this year.

The event, a prominent fixture of the Ontario community, is usually held outdoors but this year the event will be at Four Rivers Cultural Center at 5 p.m. Saturday.

“We thought, let’s move it to the cultural center – that way we have a big area and it will be cool,” said Mary Ann Shimojima, a . . .