[Nodo Jiman amateur singing contest at Nishi Honganji Temple, Los Angeles, California, May 20, 1956]
Los Angeles, Calif.,
May 20, 1956
Photograph by Toyo Miyatake Studio, Gift of the Alan Miyatake Family
1 photographic print : b&w; ; 5 x 7 in.
4 negatives : b&w; ; 4 x 5 in.
Performers with the Akatsuki Band and audience at the Nodo Jiman amateur singing contest held at the Nishi Honganji Temple in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California, May 20, 1956. Includes an elderly woman holding on to microphone as she sings with eyes closed, a young girl in a white dress, and a man in a suit singing in front of the Akatsuki Band; in some cases a man sits on a chair holding a mallet next to a framed gong. Paper plates with Japanese characters hang below lanterns hanging from ceiling. Backdrop of trees and rocks in background next to stage curtain at left. The audience is full, with people spilling out of doorway. A young man shakes hands with a man in a suit as he receives a wrapped box.
Typed on original negative envelope: Nodo Jima at Nishi Honganji.
"Nodo Jiman" means confident amateur singer. The singer sings with the band until three bells ring. The winner is then decided.
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