Dancing in Ohara Festival @ Kagoshima !Ohara Festival aka Ohara Matsuri is a festival to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Kagoshima City Government in 1949. Since then it has grown substantially. Every year's festival features over 200 separate groups, with a combined total of over 20 thousand people dancing or performing.
We were super lucky to come in time this year which is the early month of November to Kagoshima! Most of all, our luck came upon us when our Japanese friend who lives in Kagoshima is working for the government of Kagoshima and invited us to participate in the dance festival with costumes provided !
It all first started on a Saturday night with a rainy weather. To our surprise, many people still participated and danced in the rain without umbrella ! Well , those in their precious Kimonos would have a layer of nice plastic over their dress.
This parade is not only the same old costume but a mixture of other kinds of wear depending on their group ! And they will dance to the traditional music repetitively for about an hour or 2 .
And of course, different group will have their own dance moves depending on their creativity.
Japanese kids just love to bully these big dolls ! Poor dude inside ~ >_<
Sunday morning was just Awesome! NO Rain ! But then when it was our turn to dance, it was drizzling a bit but bearable~ Well, you cant see wet pictures of me here can you?
And here’s our awesome friend that brought us to this amazing event ! Arigato !!!
And then it all started !! Here’s the pictures of the professional dancing theme ~
Apparently , Christian was the only Caucasian in our team dancing and he got so much attention and even the media !
Haha~ I was able to fool the Japanese that I’m one of them !
Well, this friend of ours , Mr Tadashi whom brought us to his orchard on the volcanic island –Sakurajima –which is a ferry ride from Kagoshima port spotted us !!! Must be the obvious blonde hair from Christian~~! It was such a pleasure to meet him again !! He is our oldest Japanese friend that speaks such good english !!
Aren’t they adorable ? LOL actually they were all so tired and hated the black pig hat ! ;P
And this would be our youngest Japanese friend Risa ~ whom made us yummy homemade Japanese curry and miso soup ! Bumped into her at some mart coincidently!!
And some Taiko performance of either group of strong aunties; grandma; high school teens drumming! Their drumming skills are amazing !!!
Not forgetting the end of the parade group was different bunch of professional dancers dancing to a faster beat version of the traditional song in their own way.
And WOW ! Cheerleaders as well ! Matching those songs? Weird weird but definitely a nice performance as they have to repeat the same dance several times in an hour !Where do these people have energy !!!???
And some even from Okinawa doing the drum dance !
Now I not only can say that I’d seen a volcano eruption but also danced in a Japanese festival 2013 !
Lots more update to be done about Japan ! Thanks for reading !