Obon Dancing in America: Reverend Yoshio Iwanaga Photo Album

Los Angeles, 1931-33

Between 1931 and 1933, Iwanaga was assigned to the Nishi Hongwanji (Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Betsuin), where he organized elaborate doyo buyo recitals and taught bon odori. In the summer of 1932, he traveled back to Japan where he enrolled in the Hanayagi School of Dance and was elevated to the kyoshi level (ministerial certification) in the Nishi Hongwanji in Kyoto. 

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