Harvest Celebration Memory–Bon Odori

Sakura Sunday, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

The memory of wearing my first kimono and getas to dance at the harvest Bon Odori is precious to me. The sight of everyone dressed in their special kimonos walking down the rocky street–their getas making light clip-clopping sounds–only made the anticipation greater for me.

The elder dancers on the inner circle of several concentric circles (ending in the youngest dancers on the outermost circle) knew my sister and I weren’t Japanese, smiled with their eyes at our missteps but gracefully guided us through the dance.

Under lightbulbs hanging from ropes strung from telephone poles we went, my sister and I, amidst the music and the exotic aromas of food and incense, round and round to the singing: Yaren soran, soran, soran, soran .

Two hakujin girls, who for one evening, had stars in their eyes.

© Teresita Abad Doebley. All rights reserved 2009-2011.

Quote of the Day for YOU: Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume.  ~Jean de Boufflers


8 thoughts on “Harvest Celebration Memory–Bon Odori

  1. This is terrific, I never thought I’d say that about a photo with such movement but ti works… You brought back memories of Japan for me. I bought a kimono set with shoes and all and haven’t worn them yet. 🙂

  2. Hey Teresita!

    Thanks for the comment on the “We are not amused” posting. And thanks especially for noticing the intentional composition. I always appreciate that level of detail from someone who views my photos—of course, you love photography, too, so it’s natural that you would notice. Thanks for the ongoing comments. They are appreciated!


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