Obon Festival Folk Dances
It was fun to wear a yukata (casual cotton kimono) with a fancy-tied obi (thank you MK!). The orange fan is used for fanning as well as in some of the folk dances. I even tried my hand at some of the dance, great fun!
The wooden platform shoes are called geta. They make a nice clack-clack sound when walking. The ones shown below are covered in black lacquer.
Many people wore kimono and looked simply stunning! It was lovely to see the young men and women dressed in bright blues and whites,with colorful obi.
And green Nike's. ;-) This young man is participating in a multi-generational folk dance. How cool!
And now, the food...many delicious choices, including noodles, spam specialties and deserts called manju.
My friend MK was incredibly generous and made a bento lunch for me. Delicious! And to top off the day, I enjoyed shaved ice with guava and lychee syrup.
A wonderful day full of cultural treasures.