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Kawasaki Awaodori – Nansuiren

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on October 6, 2014

Although the big awaodori festival season here in Tokyo is over there are still a few festivals outside of Tokyo, like last Saturday’s Kawasaki Awaodori in neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture. I arrived very late but managed to enjoy about half of the teams. Either I was lucky or the festival management has really managed to get a lot of good teams together. The quality was quite high and unlike most Awaodori festivals where the parade is the main even the festival in Kawasaki as all about each team’s set piece performance. The biggest new discovery of this year’s festival was the Nansuiren, a very small team that only started in 2009 in neighboring Machida City, which is part of Tokyo. The team has a good homepage here, and has even put up an mp3 recording of the classical music piece around which all awaodori centers. I recommend listening to it or downloading it! This is one team I will definitively be keeping an eye out for!

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The Last of August – Yuigahama Beach

Posted in Places by tokyobling on September 5, 2014

The last of August, a Sunday, I was in the city of Kamakura south of Tokyo and went down to the Pacific Ocean beach Yuigahama to enjoy the last of the August sun. It was just as beautiful as always. Although Kamakura is one of the biggest tourist attractions of Japan the beach and the area around it not very developed, and there are still some areas that have not changed a bit since after the War. Even on crowded days the beach is not that crowded really, and it is long enough that it is easy to just walk a little bit further and get a bit more space for yourself. In the summer there are life guards working some days, and special beach bars set up just for the season, serving food, drinks and even hosting club events.

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Yamato Awaodori – Shinbashiren

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on August 5, 2014

Possibly one of the greatest Awaodori festivals in Kanagawa Prefecture took place a couple of weeks ago in the city of Yamato. Unlike the shopping street dominated festivals of Tokyo this takes place on the wide roads and streets surrounding the main station, similar in feel to the mighty Minamikoshigaya Awaodori festival in Saitama Prefecture. The festival start was severely delayed by massive rains that managed to soak more than one team. Fortunately in this kind of summer heat even a complete soaking is not likely be more than an inconvenience and the festival finished without a problem.

One of my favorite teams was the local Shinbashiren (新橋連) who put on a massive performance and were one of the big crowd pleasers with some very talented younger dancers. If you are in Tokyo or the Yokohama area this time next year, do not miss this great festival!

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Yamashita Koen – Winter Ocean

Posted in Places by tokyobling on July 29, 2014

Summer is here and the temperatures are enough to damage my camera even. It is also difficult to take photos of objects far away as the haze of the heat and water in the air makes everything fuzzy around the ages after a few dozen meters. I noticed this especially when I was looking at these old photos from last winter, taken in Yokohama’s Yamashita Park permanent home to the gorgeous Hikawa Maru ocean liner. In these clear winter afternoons you can see for miles out! Although I love summer, every season has it peculiar ups and downs here in Japan.

If you visit Yokohama don’t miss out on a visit to this park, not only is the Hikawa Maru an interesting museum ship to visit, there is also a nearby tower, and the gorgeous piers around the harbor.

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