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Hayashi Dancer at Hachioji Matsuri

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on August 13, 2014

A couple of weekends ago saw the grand Hachioji Matsuri, one of the bigger city festivals in the Kanto region and in my opinion, one of the most accessible. Hachioji is a city in western Tokyo, with a population of over half a million people it is the 8th largest in Tokyo. I didn’t think I would be able to make it to this year’s festival but I found some free time and made it out there. Hachioji Matsuri has everything, music, people, dashi (large festival wagons), omikoshi, parades, dancers and of course, the stands of hayashi groups performing throughout the city, like this one. Lion dancers and a lone demon dancers entertained the public and played traditional hayashi style music of percussion and flutes. The dancer looked quite well dresses, it must have been exhausting in the near 35 degree heat!

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  1. Cathryn said, on August 13, 2014 at 4:54 am

    That is too hot to wear those outfits! Poor guys!

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    • tokyobling said, on August 13, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Indeed! Japanese are pretty used to this climate though. Us poor nordics fare less well! (^-^;)

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