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The 36th Noge Daidogei Street Performance Festival was held on April 24-25, 2010 in Yokohama, near JR Sakuragicho Station. "Daidogei" means street performance.
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On the streets around Noge, they had well over 10 street performance areas numbered from A to N. Large crowds gathered around all of them, especially this one.
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The first street performer I wanted to see on April 24 was the Sasara Housara butoh dancers. First we see this sign warning us that the gold paint will not come off if it rubs on us.
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The Sasara Hosara butoh dancers were almost nude and painted in gold. I had to see this, and came away very impressed.
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At the 36th Noge Daidogei street performance festival in Yokohama, the Sasara Housara semi-nude butoh dance troupe, body-painted in gold, gave a spellbinding performance.
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They gradually headed up the road toward their street performance area. ささらほうさら 金粉ショー
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The music, their movements, and gold appearance really made it interesting.
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There were two guys and three girls dancing.
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Also see my video at YouTube.
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Sometimes they dived into the crowd, which was hilarious. But no one dared to touch the gold bodies.
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But it was obvious that the gold paint easily rubbed off, when they sat on the ground, etc.
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They gave three performances on each day of the Noge Daidogei festival. Imagine being painted in gold for the better part of the day.
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After each performance, they must have some touch-up painting where it rubbed off.
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Golden Girl
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The music was very spacy.
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Also see my video at YouTube.
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It sure reminds you of the James Bond movie, "Goldfinger" where a girl was turned into gold.
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Well, it was a very photogenic performance. Someday, I'd like to see foreigners dance with them.
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Taking a bow. Also see my video at YouTube.
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I gladly gave them a coin, even though they deserve a lot more. Hopefully there were people who gave bills.
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My YouTube video of the Sasara Hosara Golden Butoh dancers at Noge Daidogei 2010.
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Next group I saw were these Chinese acrobats. First he uses a long whip to cut off the flower the little boy is holding.
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Then two women do quick costume and mask changes.
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This man did a few amazing balancing acts.
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But the most amazing act was the final one, by this world-class Chinese acrobat.
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She kept piling on these chairs. Good thing it wasn't a windy day.
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The 36th Noge Daidogei Street Performance Festival in Yokohama, Japan featured a fantastic troupe of Chinese acrobats on April 24-25, 2010. 中国雑技芸術団
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Then she balances herself on this high stack of chairs.
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Wow...
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Also see my video at YouTube.
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Amazing. We were all in awe.
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Ta-da!! And everyone applauded. What a show that was.
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She's like wow...
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My YouTube video of the Chinese acrobats at Noge Daidogei 2010.
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OK, next was the eye-catching Yoshimoto Daisuke butoh dancers. 吉本大輔
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Two skywalkers and two dancers on the ground. Also see my video at YouTube.
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She moved very slowly down the road.
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After making a grand entrance, they finally reached their performance area.
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Didn't understand what they were doing, but it was interesting to watch.
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The 36th Noge Daidogei Street Performance Festival in Yokohama, Japan featured an alluring troupe of Japanese belly dancers from the Al Camarani Oriental Dance Company on April 24-25, 2010.
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They were quite good. Lately, I've been seeing more Japanese taking up belly dancing. I hope the trend spreads further.
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Japanese belly dancers at Noge Daidogei in Yokohama.1 comments
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They actually didn't perform on the street. They were next to the train station under a roof.
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They danced in two groups. There's another group dancing on the right of this group.
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They said that they follow the gypsy-style of belly dancing.
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Balancing a sword on their heads while belly dancing.
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Japanese belly dancer.
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Really enjoyed this act too. Also see my video at YouTube.
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My YouTube video of the Japanese belly dancers at Noge Daidogei 2010.
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This is Solsora, a French-Canadian guy and Japanese lady doing a circus-like act on a giant swing.
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They follow a love story from when they meet for the first time, fall in love, and perform together.
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Not sure if they really are a couple.
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Everything was pantomime to music and they didn't talk at all.
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Unfortunately, I had to answer my cell phone during this performance and couldn't shoot the rest of their act.
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She calls herself Miss Sullivan, a humorous Japanese juggler.
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She had the kid catch all the balls she was juggling.
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What would a street performance festival be without a juggling act?
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Also see my video at YouTube.
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ミス サリバン
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Another juggling act was the Kikyo Brothers. 桔梗ブラザーズ Also see my video at YouTube. 桔梗ブラザーズ
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It's impossible to see all the acts in one day. But I was able to see all the acts I really wanted to see, plus a few more.
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My YouTube video of the jugglers.
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A "strange" performance by the Ojaruzu. おじゃるず
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Unfortunately, they didn't have a microphone so we couldn't hear them. おじゃるず
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Balloon Man バルーンおやじ
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Another act which I didn't have time to see: 3 Gaga Heads 3ガガヘッズ
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Another one which I didn't have time to see: Diane Orrett's balloon act. She's from Liverpool, UK.
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Diane Orrett gives a balloon headphone.
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Another balloon act.
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Balloon man
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Who was this guy?
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Accordion act. 遠峰あこと爛漫社中
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遠峰あこと爛漫社中
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Shiva, a walking human sculpture of a salaryman.
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Shiva
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