Monday, October 13, 2008
The Nagoya Festival held last weekend October 11th and 12th is the largest autumn festival in the area.
The biggest attraction is a parade led by the big three local heroes Nobunga Oda,Hideyoshi Toyotomi and Ieyasu Tokugawa along with their courtiers all dressed in period clothing.Various floats,marching teams and other groups also take part in the parades which take place round Sakae and central Nagoya.
In my neighbourhood of Osu Kannon there are also various events and performers who appear over the two days.Jugglers,comic duos,dancers and musical groups are scheduled to perform throughout the day and into the early evening.
One of the more crowd pleasing,eye catching attractions was a group of gold painted dancers.Covered from head to toe in shiny gold paint and wearing skimpy bikinis,both the male and female members of the group were mobbed by people trying to get a photo of them.It was the first time I'd tried using my new camera at night so the results arent that good.The light reflecting off the dancers bodies plus their continual movement and the hordes surrounding them meant it was a challenge to get a good shot.
After the dancers had finished performing on the steps of the Osu Kannon Temple they descended into the crowds below armed with donation boxes.Even then it was difficult to get a reasonably clear view and get close enough to allow for a photograph.