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Tomioka Hachimangu – Gamelan

Posted in People, Places by tokyobling on August 28, 2014

At the Tomioka Hachimangu a couple of weeks ago I saw this performance of Indonesian gamelan music performed by a mixed troupe of dancers and musicians at the shrine itself. I had never seen it before and the fascinating music and movements were fantastic. Sometimes even traditional Japanese festivals show you things from completely different cultures. The performance was a huge hit with the audience. I overheard lots of people comparing it to the performances they had seen when visiting the island of Bali which in the last few years has become a very popular travel destination for Japanese tourists.









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  1. sophiedelauney said, on August 28, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Your pictures are BEAUTIFUL. You are lucky to have seen a show like that.


  2. amadl said, on August 28, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Oooh the atmosphere must have been fantastic! Great photos, and somehow the Barong Looks kind of cute in the 4th photo ^^


    • tokyobling said, on August 28, 2014 at 7:56 am

      I figured you would the names much better than me! (^-^;)


      • amadl said, on August 28, 2014 at 8:07 am

        The dance in photo 2 &3 is Pendet. Barong in photo 4 & 5 is the king of good spirits in BaLinese mythoLogy, and the figure in photo 6 &7 is Rangda the eviL witch, Barong’s nemesis.

        Sorry for bLabbering (^^;)


        • tokyobling said, on August 28, 2014 at 8:51 am

          Thank you! I had no idea about any of this! Good to see vibrant culture from Indonesia alive and well! (^-^)


  3. Timi said, on August 30, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    This is so amazing, I would love to see it in real…I’m also certain that no matter how great I think it is, I would freak out if met a masked guy like that in the night XD


  4. rudyhou said, on October 14, 2014 at 10:19 am

    interesting. i am an indonesian. and i am surprised, but glad, to see such traditional musical performance is exhibited in overseas. the word ‘gamelan’ is actually the traditional metal musical instrument used to create sounds, while the balinese dance has a Hindu influence, as is the religion of the island. which is why i’m surprised that such Hindu influence cultural dance is welcomed to be performed at, what seems to me, a japanese temple.


    • tokyobling said, on October 15, 2014 at 12:29 am

      It is a Japanese shrine indeed, but they are very open to religions and cultures from foreign countries. I do not know much about gamelan though. Maybe one day I can see it again!


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