Spokane Sangha Member Becomes Obon Dance Teacher

The Spokane Buddhist Temple is indeed fortunate to have Jacqui Izumi Pierce, a qualified Obon dance instructor, in our Sangha.

Jacqui’s new name, Izumi, means “Water Fountain.”

Izumi grew up in Los Angeles and has been interested in dancing since childhood. During her school years, she studied several styles of dance including ballet, tap, Flamenco, aerobic and modern jazz. Dancing was and still is her passion.

She became interested in traditional Japanese folk dancing and Buddhism after the sudden passing of her older brother, a prominent artist and musician in Southern California.

Because of his interest in Buddhism, the family decided to hold his memorial service at the West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple.