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.