Los Angeles: 1956. Panoramic photograph, 40.5 x 10 inches. Captioned in Japanese in the negative. Minor wear. Very good plus. Item #1958
Panoramic photograph depicting the funeral of Otoji Hara at Sunnyside Cemetery in Long Beach, California on April 12, 1956. In the foreground a long line of funeral wreaths spreads from one end of the image to the other with mourners interspersed and mainly clustered toward the casket at the center. The wreaths are adorned with ribbons displaying Japanese calligraphy. Just beyond the trees -- not very far at all from the line of mourners -- oil derricks dot the landscape, standing like a second row of funeral guests in the background. The photograph is signed by Ninomiya. Ninomiya Studios was located in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles, founded in 1922 by Kinso Ninomiya. Ninomiya and his family were relocated to Poston Internment Camp in Arizona during World War II; the family was released from Poston in 1945 and the studio reopened in 1949. A wonderful image documenting the bizarre intersection of Japanese-Americana and California's oil culture at a funeral in the mid-20th century.