Otsu Matsuri

Video link: http://youtu.be/52tjGe470eA Here’s my video of Otsu Matsuri filmed last year on Oct. 12-13, 2013. Finally got it done and in time for this year’s festival on Oct. 11-12, 2014. It’s about 28 min. The video spotlights the karakuri mechanical puppets. I also got on-camera comments from foreign participants. Otsu Matsuri is an annual festival of thirteen ornate floats (called hikiyama)

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Giant kite festival

Video link: http://youtu.be/Y6DMpluPV9k My video of the Higashi-Omi Giant Kite Festival (東近江大凧まつり Higashi-Omi Odako Matsuri) held on Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Shiga Prefecture next to Kyoto. Another one of my ongoing video series with local kids introducing the sights in English. The video also has a few cameo appearances by other local folks.

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