Did a quick look back at some photos from 2009. I am starting to look at my really old files to see if any can make it into my print gallery. Here are a few of the shots that I've looked at so far.
The performers at the All Okinawa Eisa Festival work very hard to get to this point, and they go all out during the performances in front of the judges. You can tell this guy and putting some energy into his routine. There are many teams from all the towns throughout Okinawa who compete to represent their hometown at this island wide competition. We as observers can't truly appreciate the work that goes into this annual event. To us it's about watching some performances, eat some food, drink some beer (did I mention before that this thing is held in parallel with the Orion Beer Festival?) and just wander around. There's four photos here, which will probably complete my series from this event.
IT'S NOT JUST FUN AND GAMES:
THE MORE DELICATE SIDE
SANSEN PLAYER (TRADITIONAL OKINAWA STRINGED INSTRUMENT). They are traditionally made with snakeskin.
COSTUMED UP AND READY TO GO
I headed over to the All Okinawa Eisa Festival tonight (Sunday) to see the unique activities of this very popular event. Eisa is a form of Okinawan dance that recoginized the end of summer and honors passed ancestors. All the cities around Okinawa have local competitions and send their best to this festival to compete in 3 days of Eisa dances. I'm including a couple photos and a video (I apologize for the quality of the video, but I had my big 70-200mm lens on my camera at the time and holding 5 lbs of camera and lens over my head can be tough).
Here's a link to an article about Eisa: http://www.japanupdate.com/?id=7062
These painted characters are a fun and unique part of the dance.
Drums are a major component of the music for the dance
Last entry is the video, showing a clip of what the Eisa Dance is like.