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Mitamamatsuri Awaodori – Kitanogomonren

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on February 21, 2014

One of the best summer festivals in the capital is undoubtedly the massive three day Mitama Matsuri at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo’s Kudanshita. The last few years the festival goers have been entertained by a great Awaodori performance by the local team, Kitanogomonren (北の御門連). The team was founded by and for people living in and near the Iidabashi, Kudanshita and Fujimi ditricts. I took these photos of their performance at Yasukuni Shrine, beautifully (although very sparingly) lit up by the many lanterns of the festival against the backdrop of the blue beams from the twin searchlights.

It is hard to tell in these photos but the evening was exceptionally hot, with daytime temperatures between 34 and 35 degrees celsius (about 93 degrees F). The dancers somehow managed to give us half an hour of concentrated dancing! Their uniforms must have been soaked afterwards.

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  1. sarabanto said, on February 24, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Have you read/watched Mononoke yet? It a great piece with amazing art, the two yellowish patterned sides reminds me of it when the medicine seller fights… :D
    Looking at their clothes, it sure must have been some fight against the hot weather..

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    • tokyobling said, on February 27, 2014 at 5:21 am

      It was a hot fight indeed! (^-^) Yes, now that you mention it…!

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