Photo Essay

Dancing in the Streets


Tanabata, the star festival, is one of the many summer celebrations in Japan usually held on the 7th of July or August. People write their wishes or poems on strips of papers and hang them on bamboo branches. Colorful streamers are hung from above and dancers take to the streets. In some regions, lighted lanterns and/or bamboo leaves are floated down the river. The festival photos for this essay are from Kappabashi (kitchen town) which is an older Tokyo neighborhood known for the many shops selling dishes and restaurant supplies. Instrumentation for the awa odori dancers included the shamisen (3-stringed instrument), flute and drum. The Japanese love to celebrate and just about every day of the year, there is a festival being held someplace. There have even been Tanabata festivals held in Los Angeles and Shanghai. At this joyous event, people gather together to make wishes for themselves, friends, family members and for our earth.

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4 responses

  • Daniel Mueller

    Daniel Mueller said (14 Jul 2010):

    Fun pictures and stories...I love them. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Eric Ianuzi

    Eric Ianuzi   gave props (14 Jul 2010):

    beautiful images - sounds like a nice event

  • Ryan Watkins

    Ryan Watkins gave props (14 Jul 2010):

    Very nice images well done!

  • Simona Ranieri

    Simona Ranieri gave props (19 Jul 2010):

    Should this be Story of the Week? Yup nominated!

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