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Yoshiwara Gionsai – Shizuoka Prefecture

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on June 15, 2015

I spent yesterday in Fuji City, in Shizuoka Prefecture which is two prefectures over west from Tokyo, visiting the lovely and colorful Yoshiwara Gionsai, famous for its many dashi (mobile festival platforms). The festival was as great as ever, despite the tiny bit of rain that fell at the end of the festival. You would be excused for not believing that we were actually in the middle of the rain period here in Japan, but so far there has not been very much of it.

The main attraction of the Yoshiwara Gion Festival is the main street in Yoshiwara Honcho, where the different dashi are pulled up and down the streets by the members of the neighborhood they represent. The dashi are manned by kids and adults who play the more or less traditional music of these festival. When I say more or less I mean that Shizuoka is famous for being slightly more innovative in the music and rhythm sections of their festivals and the kids have quite a bit of freedom in deciding how they are going to perform. Most opt for the traditional way but there are a few far away influences to some of teams drumming or dancing!

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  1. Shamit Khemka said, on June 16, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Fabulous Pictures you captured am really impressed and love them thanks for sharing

    Like

  2. siouxloveliss said, on June 19, 2015 at 12:26 am

    So cool!

    Like


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