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Venice Hongwanji Obon Festival   https://soundcloud.com/micahkawaguchi/venice-hongwanji-obon-2017   all audio below was created as a part of “The 24- Hour Radio Race” from KCRW’s Independent Producer Project. The 24 Hour Radio Race 2018 The 24 Hour Radio Race 2017   The 24 Hour Radio Race 2016   The 24 Hour Radio Race 2015   The 24 […]

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fugestu-do. oldest sweets shop in LA’s little tokyo.

Fugestu-do is family owned and operated since 1903. It is one of the few businesses in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo to survive Japanese-American Internment during WWII. read the full story here:  https://msmlska.com/2007/02/02/you-are-what-you-eat-what-food-has-to-say-about-a-culture/ The counter at Fugestu-do sells a variety of Japanese confections. Fugesto-do’s specialties are Japanese wagashi including the mochi pictured here. Owner Brian Ktio […]

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obon festival. lahaina, maui, hawaii

Photos taken at Lahaina Hongwanji Mission and Lahaina Jodo Mission and originally published in Bamboo Offshoot, August 2007 issue. A prayer is said before the Obon dance begins.  Lahaina Hongwanji Mission. Tavi Viela (8) sits in the dressing room after putting on a kimono.  Lahaina Hongwanji Mission. Volunteers cook chow fun.  Lahaina Hongwanji Mission. Obon […]

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people watching: LA county fair

ethno-photography on a late summer saturday night at the los angeles county fair in pomona, CA. https://flic.kr/p/yJ9ebE https://flic.kr/p/zCSaK7 https://flic.kr/p/zozo8d https://flic.kr/p/yJ96BG https://flic.kr/p/zoEisn https://flic.kr/p/zG4QQr https://flic.kr/p/zozje1 https://flic.kr/p/zozioo https://flic.kr/p/zozhys https://flic.kr/p/yJ8Zu1 https://flic.kr/p/yJhJia https://flic.kr/p/zozdo3 all photographs taken on a FUJI disposable camera with flash.  ISO 400. all film developed and scanned via mail at dwayne’s photo. all images captured on 9.12.15 within […]

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people watching: santee alley

ethno-photography on a busy summer sunday around santee alley, the heart of the fashion district, in downtown los angeles, CA. all photographs taken on a nikon n60 with 17-70mm tamron lens on kodak gold 200 film. all film developed and scanned by digital imaging center at 10354 Venice Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 all images captured […]

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portraits: harry potter night at the last bookstore LA

on a hot summer night in downtown la, the last bookstore and the host that shall not be named hosted a harry potter night.  the following are portraits of a few of the many who waited in line to get in. more photos are available to view/download at http://daily-prophet-la-bureau.tumblr.com     photographs taken digitally using […]

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portraits: lijiang ancient music musicians

these musicians are a part of the dayan ancient music association. the music they play and the instruments they use are a part of are one of the oldest, longest lasting music traditions in human history.  their performances are often viewed as a vision of the past… but the celebration of nostalgia is also criticised as a commodified […]

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tianyu music festival: style and fashion at china’s version of coachella

the tianyu music festival is held over three days in lijiang, china.  that’s here: musicians come from across china to perform in the ‘country side’.  current chart-toppers, indie metal bands, electronic dj’s, famous artists that your chinese parents remember from their youth and traditional musicians playing some of the world’s oldest musical instruments (see portraits:  lijiang […]

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under the angel’s trumpet

this is romina. she is a painter and artist who threw a party in her backyard in long beach around christmas of 2014. she is grasping a stem from the brugmansia plant … the angel’s trumpet.   like romina, the angels trumpet comes from south america.  it is known for its use as a psychedelic […]

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