You can catch a glimpse of Sendai as well, a place hit so badly in March 2011. Such joy on the people's faces is a beautiful sight - where life seemed as thin a thread as one hair, people celebrate life with a smile. The music of this dance is vibrant and the colours of the costumes so vivid. And such a variety of costumes! An impressive show indeed. And the dance itself is extremely catchy. I took about 700 photos, and lots of videos to learn the dance myself. I remember with a smile - for a week I was called in a friendly tone "henna gaijin." It means "strange/weird foreigner." :-) Japanese people have an excellent sense of humour.
I hope you will enjoy all the photos.
Lots of smiles for me:
The dancers seem to fly - like real sparrows:
All the fans have different colours on the two sides, and it is a fabulous visual effect when everybody turns the fans at the same time and the colour changes.
I noticed a couple of foreigners who had joined one group.
Hardly touching the ground:
These white socks are called tabi - traditional Japanese socks with the split big toe. Tabi is written 足袋 (ashi leg and fukuro bag). Delightful!
People of all ages are dancing, children and elderly people enjoying a beautiful tradition. Cute baby! Kawaii.