Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sound the Drums


For those of you who read my last post...here it is!

The crowds around Shinjuku Station were gathered for the Shinjuku Eisa Festival, which has become an annual festival that I look forward to. (Someone guessed correctly in yesterday's comments!)

Eisa is another type of traditional Japanese dance done during the Obon season that is unique to the people of Okinawa Prefecture. Some of you may have heard of Okinawa, but it a very small island and the most southern prefecture in Japan. I could go on and on about Okinawa, since not only was I born there but also have roots there, as my mothers side of the family can be traced back to before Okinawa was part of Japan.

So you can understand why I like to get a dose of Okinawan culture now and then. It's a really popular festival in Shinjuku and many people came out to see it!

Tomorrow I'll post another photo and explain about the Eisa dance.

17 comments:

  1. Boom, boom, boom go the drums! Great "costumes" on those guys!
    BTW, I met a group of university kids this week from Saitama-ken. They were in Stevens Point, Wisconsin for a one month intensive English course and I surprised them with some Nihon-go....

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  2. Seems like a loud action shot.

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  3. Love seeing this! You're getting great shots of this festival.

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  4. I'm very fond of drums, so I'd be there if I could. Super capture of this Eisa Festival, Kaori.

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  5. Great picture, I can imagine the sound!

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  6. Nice action shot. I remember seeing a Japanese drumming group during a festival one time when I was visiting Hawaii. I'll have to post those photos one of these days!

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  7. How fun! I really like what they are wearing on their heads. Such pretty colors!

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  8. Aha. I was right! ;) I wasn't at the station, but I could hear drums and see young women in yukata throughout the day, so 2 + 2 = 5. I look forward to your other festival photos.

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  9. Excellent shot Kaori, they have a very dramatic look and stance, would be a fabulous festival to watch.

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  10. He looks like he's about to really pound that drum! I think I can hear him all the way over here!

    Yes, I have heard of Okinawa. I bet it's beautiful there!

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  11. I like the soles of their jika-tabi footwear.

    The colors and vibrancy of your photo are a pleasure to see. 御拝どー。

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  12. cool up close foto.
    love the ninja shoes too. ^0^

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