A father lifts his son to pour sweet tea over the Baby Buddha during a celebration of Buddha’s birthday at the Valley Buddhist Temple in Pacoima. Ritual symbolizes the rain of sweet tea at time of Gautama’s birth in 556 B.C. Photo taken on April 20, 1963 by Alan Hyde.
Valley Buddhist Temple (now San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple) in Pacoima, California was built in 1961 with dedication ceremonies held on November 11, 1962. Worship was led by Rev. Gisho Himeji, pastor of the congregation. As the congregation grew, the temple became inadequate and a new Hondo was constructed in 1988 and dedicated in 1992. The first Temple is still used as a social hall. The Pacoima church follows the teachings of Shinran Shonin, or Shin Buddhism, which teaches that the ordinary man can lead a Buddhist life without shutting himself in a monastery.
Photographer: Koji Shimamura
Chino Otsuka : Imagine Finding Me
Chino Otsuka uses photography and video to explore the fluid relationship between the memory, time and photography. At age 10 she moved from Japan to the United Kingdom to attend school. Her experience of becoming familiar with a new place, a different language and new customs while she was developing her adolescent identity has profoundly shaped her work in photography, video and writing. Her series Imagine Finding Me consists of double self-portraits, with images of her present self beside her past self in various places she has visited. As Otsuka says: “The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine, as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.” - via AGO
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