Shimokitazawa Awaodori 1
I managed to visit the second awaodori festival for the season! No mean feat in this busy life of ours. This time it was the Shimokitazawa Awaodori Matsuri (下北沢阿波踊り祭り) and for once, they managed to get a video up on their homepage! If you have a few minutes to spare it’s definitely worth a visit.
Shimokitazawa is, for those of you who haven’t been to Tokyo, the hippest place to be in the whole of Japan. Or at least it used to, about 10 years ago it broke out big time as the happening place to be for young artists, designers, people of alternative lifestyles and a very international slant (without the party scene of Roppongi or the money of the rich expats in Azabujuban). Usually, these festivals are so packed with performers that the parade moves at snail pace (perfect for photographers like me who have ample time to focus in these low light difficult-to-auto-focus situations, this time however the teams could move at normal speed! I had to fight hard to keep up with them and I had much fewer in focus shots than normal. Still, the kids teams were as cute as ever! Every time I go I think “this team is the cutest I have ever seen” and this time was no exception. The boy in the first picture went totally out of character and posed for me despite it being against the rules, the little rascal! I also loved the look on the face of the girl in the third picture, the first shot is where she sees me, the second shot is when she has gotten self-conscious about the camera. How sweet! If you’ve been following this blog for more than a few hours you’ll know I can’t stop myself from posting festival photos, so enjoy these, there are more coming later this week!