Yes, it’s a dance video on the net with no twerking.
Exams are over, and now it’s a long weekend (a three-day weekend, in fact – the Autumnal Equinox is a national holiday here. Why are equinoxes holidays in Japan, but not solstices? That’r probably too much text for inside parentheses, so maybe it’s a topic for another post) waiting for results. Fortunately there’s plenty to do in Tokyo – well, there’s always plenty to do in Tokyo – with festivals to spare, including one right in my own neighborhood.
Kagurazaka, my village, literally means “Shinto ceremonial dance slope”, so it’s safe to say we have a long history with matsuri here. I have no idea if Akagi Jinja is the main shrine that the town was built around but it’s the largest today, and this weekend is their annual matsuri. It’s small-scale compared to many of the big festivals, but it’s mine – it’s always special to have a matsuri in your own backyard. The daylight pics are from there, including the lion dancer.
The other pics and videos are from Nezu Jinja, which also holds its annual matsuri this weekend. I have a “Diaries” post from Nezu already – it’s one of the most beautiful shrines in Tokyo, and includes an Inari Shrine that’s a kind of mini-Fushimi with hundreds of small orange torii gates. The highlight of the Nezu festival is the Kagura dances held in the evenings. I’m weak for Miko anyway, but get a bunch of them dancing with fans and the game is pretty much over.