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Minyounagashi and Taiko – Folk Dancing and Drums

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on April 20, 2014

This year’s Kawagoe Spring Festival (川越春祭り) saw much better weather than usual so the all of the usual performances seemed to take place with double or triple the manpower (or kidpower, or old ladypower) than usual. One of these was the Minyounagashi (民踊流し) and taiko drumming along the main streets. Several dozens if not over a hundred women in matching outfits performed a traditional long folk dance set while three young drummers did their best to keep them on a steady rhythm. The kids were certainly at the center of attention! I think it is wonderful that there are opportunities and chances like this for all members of a community to take part in activities together, regardless of age of physical fitness. Festivals like these could serves as models for all communities in Japan, and perhaps even abroad.

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  1. Dalo 2013 said, on April 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Excellent photos, the 7th shot is really stunning!

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  2. Ajith said, on April 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Fantastic collection my friend. My favourite is the second last ! I will visit Japan soon .. your pictures are making me do that 🙂

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  3. halfcrazygirl said, on May 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I love this set…

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