Obon Festival- Odori folk dance

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ddr-one-1-225 (ONLC 3048)

Frank C. Hirahara Collection

Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers in large circle around podium holding "uchiwa" (fan) above their heads. Large crowd watches on from left side of image. Outer circle of Obon dancers from right to left, starting left of podium: Tomi Tsujimura, Shizuko Oda, unidentified woman, Phyllis Midori (Ando) Muramatsu, all remaining unidentified. Inner circle of Obon dancers from right to left starting left of podium: Jimmy Yoshida, Nobuko Yoshida, Carl Yoshida, unidentified, Patricia “Pat” (Ikata) Iboshi, Marjory "Marge" (Ando) Smith, Shizuko "Shiz" (Ochiai) Ota Okazaki, all other dancers unidentified. First women sitting on benches behind Obon dancers on left hand side of image is Jean Matsumoto. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community. This image was taken at Holladay Park in Portland, Oregon. Original print ddr-one-1-76 (ONLC 2850).



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Japanese American Museum of Oregon; Portland, Oregon

Courtesy of Frank C. Hirahara Collection, Japanese American Museum of Oregon