Standing by the hill-side gazing over the Cool Culture of Otakuism!

Dance in the Fire (Works)

Departing a couple of hours before the official initiation of the Bon Odori Matsuri last weekend in order to secure a good parking spot for my ride, I’ve reached the site already full of early birds scattered all around the venue.

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Various erected canopies await the visiting throng for the evening!

Also held within the same area is the Transformers Street Art event (Of which you may see some Autobot/Decepticon logos and/or Bumblebee/Optimus Prime statues cameo in the following photos), which I’ll cover in my next post…

The main stage for the incoming dance performances, fenced off along with a small platform reserved for VIPs and the organisers since the usual area has been taken over by the statues as mentioned above…

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Preparations are under-way as I strolled around examining the site.

Rehearsals and warming-ups are performed as curious early birds flocked around for a glimpse. www

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As with previous years, I was an invitee of Konatsu, a circle of like-minded comrades who’ll also perform on stage later the night.

This year they’ll dance with their costumes! =w= Here are some shots of them suiting up for the main event.

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As per annually, the Konatsu having a picnic prior to the start of the event, indulging in various delicacies sponsored by the attendees. 

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Unfortunately, just some time before the start of the Matsuri, a storm of drizzle briefly engulfing the venue.

Yet, it failed to stop the eager crowd from steadily pouring (Excuse the pun) to the site as the opening hour draws near.

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It’s finally happening, Bon Odori Matsuri!

The island’s Chief Minister gave his speech to officiate the beginning of the night full of laughter and fun as the crowd stops by, stay a while and listen. :3 

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Lots of the attendees in Yukata having picnics all over the field too!

Many of them are locals of Japanese heritage!

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Didn’t spend much time awkwardly asking random strangers in Yukata for close shots, but I did captured a couple (Not really strangers, I know these two: Cosplayers Miwako and Akagitsune) and a very cute rori into my lens. XDc

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Humans aren’t the only visitors of the Matsuri… ^_~

Discounting the sentient mechanical beings standing watch over the field elsewhere, quite a number of musume and musuko of various sizes paid a visit to the Konatsu’s too.

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Tama-chan finally have friends this year as she was kinda alone the previous year

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The proud parents of these musume and musuko throughout the evening, mingling and associating with one another discussing about their lovelies. ^~^

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As usual, at the other end of the site, various random canopies housed game (Obake Yashiki, Kingyou Sukui, Yo-Yo Sukui, etc…) and food stalls along the side of the field and the street.

 

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As the night draws closer, the Matsuri is getting more and more exciting with the dance performances in progress and the crowd joining in the fun.

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Ending the Matsuri with a ton of bangs, the Hanabi finally erupted with colourful displays of explosive lights.

Luckily I managed to capture many with my camera.

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I did recorded the whole Hanabi sequence but it’s a pity I made some adjustment errors, resulting in a blurry, out of focus mess, thus a lack of video posted here… :/

The thick smoke of the very aftermath screened the nearby building… 0_0

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An enjoyable night for me and the rest of the visitors. www

The travel back home however is not, due to massive traffic jam afterwards. ^^;

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