Thursday, February 19, 2009
It's time for Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival), a time when you can mingle with Japanese people and see the girls dressed up in Yukatas (summer kimono). Indeed it wasn't as big as the ones in Japan where thousands of folk having a great time out with friends and enjoying spectacular fireworks when the sun sets.
There were some booths selling tempting Japanese food including takoyaki and daifuku (mochi), where I got my Ichigo Daifuku. Despite the drizles, the folks did enjoy some performaces like Taiko drum, duo claps (the world yoyo champions from Japan), traditional Japanese bon-dance, Soran dance, Hip Hop dance by Dancekool Studio, Noriko Tadano playing tsugaru shamisen (Japanese banjo) and singing folk song, and the list still goes on. Unfortunately I didn't manage to stay till 9 pm when the final soran and bon dance closed the great festival.
Here some photos from Natsu Matsuri at Harbourside Amphitheatre, Darling Harbour Sydney presented by Japan Club of Sydney last week
Japanase traditional bon-dance