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Oil painting by Mark Vallen  Oil painting by Mark Vallen
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O-BON DANCER
Mark Vallen 2004
Oil on canvas 21' x 32 1/2'

Los Angeles has one of the largest Japanese communities outside of Japan. Every year the Japanese Americans in LA's Little Tokyo area hold an O-Bon Festival, the traditional observance celebrating and honoring deceased ancestors.

During the city's O-Bon festivities, hundreds participate in performing Japanese folk dance. The artist's painting portrays one such dancer.

Vallen's painting was created on canvas mounted on wood.

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