Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Dancing in the Street
Occasionally, festivals and events just happen and I have no idea. This past Sunday, city blocks were shutdown in three or four spots around Nagoya and broke out into dance competitions.It's the kind of thing, where you hear all this noise coming from around the side of a building and people migrating all in the same direction. Only to walk over and find a massive party.And this party was really cool, there had to over 1500 people dancing in front of Nagoya station.But simply watching the parade of people does not necessarily mean you understand what's going on, but it's cool to ask around a little bit. And from what I could gather, I guess dance troupes from cities around Nagoya practice year around, make all these cool outfits and prepare for this dance festival.Somewhere, there are judges watching and voting. Then who ever wins becomes a very famous dance troupe from some city in Japan, and everyone else can't wait for next year when they can see them dance again.The dance team above kept dropping those wooden paddles, when they walked away there was eight or nine scattered on the ground.... Crazy Labor Day Weekend!