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(23) [English Edition] 週刊NY生活 SHUKAN NEW YORK SEIKATSU 2016年(平成28年)7月23日(土) NYクール日本 VOICES From Honoring a Man THE NEW YORKERS Called “Yocchan” in NY Bon Odori On the sev- Masuo Ichida enth anniversary of the death of Bon odori is a tra- ditional Japanese COOL JAPAN from New Yorkers’ Viewpoints Mr. Nobumasa Yoshizawa, who dance performed dur- was the founder ing Obon, the custom Treasured of “Yomitime” to honor one's fami- ly's ancestors. This Photographs and former edi- Buddhist custom of Open to the tor of the Nobumasa Yoshizawa Y o m i u r i Obon has evolved Public Shimbun U.S. local edition, the into a family reunion holiday during “Yoshizawa Memorial Committee,” (his which time relatives gather, visit, and Manhattan Doctor's Collection home-town friends group) arranged a worship ancestral graves. During this Includes Valuable Historic memorial service. Held at the Japanese time spirits of ancestors will also appar- Photos American Association hall in New York ently visit family altars. Taking place on July 9th in cooperation with the over three days in July and August Upstairs from the narrow entrance Hokkaido Yukari-no-Kai and Yomitime, depending on the region in Japan, Obon on the first floor, one sees a photo- about 50 intimate friends of his lifetime has been celebrated for over 500 years. graph which captured the (then) social- gathered to remember him. One of his Bon odori is generally performed ist leader Inejiro Asanuma of Japan, good friends, Mr. Sam Kanatake, brought in a large circular group. Generally the who was assassinated by the ultra and donated to the group a golf set that dance welcomes the spirits of ancestors nationalist Otoya Yamaguchi on Mr. Yoshizawa had cherished. and each step represents a special histor- October 12th of 1960. That picture Mr. Yoshizawa was born in Oumucho, ical context. Each region in Japan has Stanley B. Burns, MD, stands in front of a famous Pulitzer Prize photograph taken by was taken by Mainichi photographer Mainichi photographer Yasushi Nagao in 1960. Monbetu County, Hokkaido. After gradu- their own meaningful dance, song, and Yasushi Nagao, who won the Pulitzer ating from Asia University, he worked at music. Very similar to American square Prize for photography after the photo of geisha in the Meiji Sankei Shimbun, in charge of sports and dancing, the dance of a region can depict was seen around the world, making Era of Japan), Dr. education topics in Osaka. Leaving the their history and specialization (e.g., him the first Japanese recipient of that Burns has been col- coal mining, fishing, etc.). Also different award. lecting photos since regions along with the different dance Situated between Lexington and 1977. Very valuable and music styles use fans, clappers, 3rd Avenue on 38th Street, the resi- photos include ones tenugui (washcloths) and hats and dence of Stanley B. Burns, MD, of the second Sino- yukatas specific to their area. FACS, 77, an ophthalmologist and Japanese War and the firm, he came to the U.S. and served as Bon odori is tied deeply to another professor at the medical department of “ Nomonhan the editor of the Yomiuri Shimbun U.S. Japanese tradition, called omotenashi, or New York University, has become a Incident”. An exhibi- local edition for 18 years from 1985 until Japanese hospitality. You will always photographic archive space. He has tion at the American 2003, when its publication ended. be welcomed to dance no matter what been collecting historical photographs Folk Art Museum will Ten days after throat cancer surgery at your skill level or where you are from. of events from the1840s to the 1960s display some of his 61 years old, his condition suddenly wors- Dancers will be more than happy to which range from topics such as medi- collection in October. ened; he was carried to the hospital from teach you their steps and explain the his- cine, crime, civil rights events, and Private tours of Dr. contact 212-899-1938, or info@burn- his friend's house, and he never returned. tory of their dance. war, many of which are not available Burns’collection are available with sarchive.com, or visit www.burn- Over 800 people attended his funeral Although there were a few bon odori to the public. An author of 45 books booking ($250 for up to 4 and $500 for sarchive.com (Ryoichi seven years ago, an unusually high held in New York in July, on August 7, (including a collection of photographs 5 to 10 visitors ). For more information, Miura/Translated by Chikako Iwasaki) turnout for a funeral of a Japanese resi- 2016 there will be a bon odori held in dent overseas. Hasbrouck Park in New Paltz, NY about share tips on how to produce bestselling Looking back, Ryoichi Miura, the pub- two hours away upstate. Named Bon Panel on Writing Bestsellers books. The event will take place at lisher of this paper who was Mr. Rennert International at 211 East 43rd Yoshizawa’s subordinate at the time, stat- Odori 2016 Dance Festival For Peace, along with bon odori there will be taiko On August “Hard to Follow Common Rules”) and Street (3rd floor cafeteria). Admission ed, “In my impression, he had a very drumming, martial arts displays and 12th, a panel dis- Takayoshi Nishimura, the author of to the panel discussion (6 p.m.) is $45, light-hearted personality in his daily life. children’s activities. (Visit www.bon- cussion on writing “Living Through Praising.” $65 for the reception (7:30 p.m.) and But importantly, people around him odori.org for more info) a bestselling book Mr. Doi, who led the publication pro- $95 for both the panel and reception. 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