Kagurazaka Matsuri

The Kagurazaka Matsuri, a festival and with a folk music and dance competition, all rolled into one.  The participants dance in front of a group of judges at Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji Temple.  The evening was unbelievably hot with humidity running close to 100%.  The participants… or maybe contestants dance in effortless uniformity, perfectly coordinated, with the occasional character providing contrast – obviously the result of hours of practice.

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A “thief” breaks away from the group and threatens the crowd… with his fan.  He pauses briefly before darting off hither and thither, his fan in constant motion.

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Nobody cares about the heat and humidity, that dance goes on and on and on!

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