Pacific Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Sep 19 1963, Page 27

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Pacific Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - September 19, 1963, Tokyo, Japan One of the teams in the obon dance contest goes through its nearly spectators Jam the Naka Nomachi elementary school grounds to see the obon some dancers took part in the m t i i v 7 aim on Okinawa okinawan Koza a ground i festival d eleven women i participate obon one Villag judges rat basis of t photos by Eikon Goya Okinawa Bureau t Tawa More than americans swarmed to the Machi elementary school watch the largest obon contest in the Ryukyu is t teams of Young men and parts of Okinawa the latest is and songs vary from another on and Ich competing group on the ordination of feet and hand rhythm and the Content of a bit of humor was added to the traditional dance when a pair of Oki Dawans dressed in Western Clown attire danced with a team to the accompaniment of the Drums and legend has it that the obon dance originated As a Humble expression of Joy by one of Buddhas disciples after he Learned that his Mother had been absolved of her sins following her death through his prayer and offerings to the american and Ryukyu an Amateur photographers at right Strain for shots of two colourfully dressed Ryu Khuans carrying a wine bottle while the dancers Are disguised As old men As above for the obon okinawan in Western Clown costume adds humor to the colourful an okinawan youth pounds out th6 dance beat on a huge barrel 13

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