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Nov 6, 2007

Obon Dancer

Obon Dancer: Japanese fabric
Support: gessoed watercolor paper (140lb) and acrylic
2.5 x 3.5 inches


This aceo is a continuance of my Japanese Women series.

The U. S. A. just finished Halloween, and Dia de los Muertos just passed in Mexico on November 2nd. August is the month that Japanese families honor and remember their ancestors. They do this by visiting the Family Grave as well as through gathering for the Bon Odori (Bon Dance). The song and music for the celebration varies from region to region. Although the Bon Odori is now synonymous with summer, its origin is in Buddhism. The dancing shows gratitude and appreciation toward one’s ancestors and the sacrifices that were made. Colorful yukatas (simple kimonos) are worn by both women and men. Everyone dances in unison around a high stage. The experience is both mesmerising and
exhilarating .

5 comments:

Bobbie said...

Juana, I absolutely love this artwork! The kimono materials, the colors, the shape. All is poetry!

Nora said...

I just visited your shop on etsy and took a look at your blog. Why am I just noticing your artwork!! Beautiful Juana really stunning work!

Gallery Juana said...

Thank you Bobbie. I am off to see what new mandalas you have at your site.

Thank You Nora. I am amazed at how the internet connects us in some way or another. I will be by your site shortly too.

Neda said...

This is adorable. May all your days be joyful...and I hope you get this comment

Anneke said...

i have visit your shop and you made such beautiful artwork.
my compliments.
also thank you for visiting my blog

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