Friday, June 16, 2017
What made this different is the workshops provided by each group. The first group were drummers who performed in the synchronized form common to Kyoto style.
They performed a beautiful drum song before inviting seven members from the audience to learn some basic rhythms. At the end of the lesson, two people came up to play a short tune on flutes while the students played along. They repeated this before everyone came back on stage and played the whole tune. It was beautiful and rocked.
The dancer rocked and rolled across the stage with their booms. It was obvious they practiced to get the group togetherness. Once done, they did a wonderful dance with small clappers. It was awesome. This group invited people from the audience to come up and learn the chorus to the dance.
They danced two dances before inviting the audience up to learn a dance done at local gatherings called the "Bone Dance."
I got up to try it. I discovered I did not need to know Japanese because it was taught using hand gestures and pointing. Fortunately, the phrases were not that long so it was fairly easy to learn.
I did not get a picture of me because I was dancing but a friend did so maybe I'll get a copy from him.
As soon as the groups invited audience members up on stage, children ran up to learn. To them, it was a chance to play.
All four groups were in the parade later in the day.
What you don't see is the audience sitting in a small grassy area between the stage and the commentator. All introductions were done in both Japanese and English.
This was taken in the early afternoon. If you look carefully you can see the open ocean of Waikiki beach with some of its swimmers. Yes the street is that tree lined.
You see a few of the hotels and the big tree in the upper left corner is part of the giant Banyon tree. It's been there forever as far as I know.
This group when they got to their third dance, placed two rows on the stage and a third row in front on the walkway you see.
Next week, I'll be back to normal as I'm home in Alaska again. My next trip is in a couple weeks when I head off to attend two conferences and will have a bit of time to get general pictures of places. Have a good weekend.
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