[Los Angeles: ca. 1960]. Panoramic photograph, 10 x 25 inches. Some light creasing at edges. Overall, very good. Item #1606
A panoramic portrait by important Japanese-American photographer Toyo Miyatake. Miyatake operated a studio in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles for many years before World War II, when he was interned at Manzanar and became the only authorized Japanese photographer of the camps. He continued his career after the war until his death in the early 1970s. The present photo, judging by the background cars, seems to date to the early 1960s. It depicts well over 150 participants in the "First Seicho-no-Ie North America Japanese Adult Training Session" (as captioned in English and Japanese). Seicho-no-Ie is a New Thought Japanese religion that was founded in 1930, but spread widely after World War II; it is presently the largest global New Thought religious organization. Here, the participants in this "training session" are arrayed in front of the group's American headquarters building on Vermont Avenue in Gardena, South Los Angeles.