I’m a little backlogged on my festival updates, which was partially due to a lack of hard drive space for video footage but now I have yet another chunk of plastic to store data (this one is 1.5 TB, so it should keep me going for a while).
Anyway, I finally met up with Jesslee, a long-time Flickr contact and a super photographer (and a really nice guy) and we went to Awa Odori in Yamato, Kanagawa on July 25. I’ve blogged about Awa Odori before, so I won’t go into too much detail. Instead, I’ll just do more of a visual post.
You can find out more about the history of Awa Odori if you visit the Wikipedia page, but it focuses mainly on the big one in Tokushima, the birthplace of Awa Odori, when, in fact, you can see it performed all over Japan throughout the month of August (and there is a huge one in Koenji at the end of August each year).
So, on to the photos…I seemed to be in a cross-processing mood when I did these, so most of them have a kind of 1974 look to them (which I like) and, by the way, that cross-processing link has a good Photoshop tutorial (which I did not use for these photos but have used in the past).
Before the photos though, here is a short video of one of the Ren (連) performing at Yamato (“ren” means tribe or group and each dance team is called a “ren”, for example a group might be called Shimbashi Ren or Shinobu Ren, etc.) – this was shot with the Canon iVIS HF21:
This one (above) is probably my favourite of the evening…
I love the spectator in the lower right corner here:
The fan with the two faces caught my eye here:
A young festival-goer – he got really excited when the dancing started and was dancing too:
And, finally, Jesslee down low and checking his settings – no, really, he is NOT chimping…!
(I love the figure on the right in the background, so I kept this in colour – the black and white version doesn’t really reveal the blurred ren member):