July 31, 2007

Kagurazaka Matsuri

Late July in Japan is matsuri (festival season) and numerous places around the country have their own festival centred around a local community, temple or shrine. Coming out of work on Saturday I caught part of the Kagurazaka matsuri. The narrow street was packed with people watching the dancers perform awa-odori (I think) and slowly make their way up the slope towards the large shrine (the name of which escapes me right now). The first part of the dance parade featured children from local elementary schools, and later it was the turn of the older dancers. I only stopped by for a short time, but it as with many other festivals, it was an enjoyable experience.

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