Sarumawashi – Monkey Antics
I’ve posted a couple of the photos before but not the whole series of this wonderful traditional style monkey performer in Gaienmae last year. At some festivals in Japan you’ll see this, if you are lucky. After more than a decade in Japan I have been lucky enough to see it 3 or 4 times: Sarumawashi or Sarugei. At least as early as the Nara period (710-794) you would be able to see these wandering performers entertaining townspeople with their acrobatic monkeys. If you see these delightful combos around town, make sure to see it out!