Seattle Bon Odori, $3
In Seattle, Bon Odori takes place in the street outside the Japanese Buddhist Temple. There are displays, speeches, performances, souvenirs, dozens of dances, and--for those who've worked up an appetite or a sweat--plenty of festival foods.
On hot days the demand for kori shaved ice cups keeps Temple volunteers on the hop. The huge blocks of ice (below, left) have to be sawn down to the right size to fit in the ice shaving machine, then the piles of snow are rapidly packed into paper cups (below, right) and decked out with the buyer's choice of syrups (top), condensed milk, or soupy red beans.