Odori Dancer – Nisei Festival
Odori Dancer – Nisei Festival, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, CA, USA
Bon Odori is a Japanese folk dance to welcome the spirits of the dead, one of many attractions at this years Nisei Festival. Nisei is the embodiment of everything that is good about Downtown Los Angeles, a coming together of all ethnic groups to celebrate Japanese culture, explore Little Tokyo and party together.
Photographer Richard Avedon once commented that he much preferred taking portraits of older subjects and I agree. I suppose the beauty of youth should be celebrated, but it is like shooting a clean slate, a life yet to be lived. In the face of an older subject it’s all there, a whole life right there for you to read. That is why the Odori dancer above commanded my attention and I thank her for giving me exactly what I wanted.