JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Be sure to wear a mask when in crowds.

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Bridge to the Minami-Kannon Yama float. 南観音山
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Bridge to the Minami-Kannon Yama float. 南観音山
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Bridge to the Minami-Kannon Yama float. 南観音山
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Minami-Kannon Yama float. 南観音山
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Minami-Kannon Yama float. 南観音山
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Flute players on Minami-Kannon Yama float. 南観音山
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Shijo-dori street toward Naginata float
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Shijo-dori street toward Naginata float
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Shijo-dori street and Naginata float. This area was the most crowded.
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Shijo-dori street and Naginata float. This area was the most crowded.
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Naginata float at night
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Naginata float at night
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Naginata float at night
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Huge crowd
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There is no longer a Tanabata Parade in the evening. Instead of a parade, there are various performances at several areas on the main street of Jozenji-dori during 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm every evening during Aug. 6-8.
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Milky Way streamers decorated the road.
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Where I was, Tokushima Awa Odori dancers performed first.
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Tokushima Awa Odori dancers at Sendai Tanabata Matsuri Festival.
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Also see my YouTube video here.
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A few local high school bands also played.
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There was also a ballet play featuring the herdsman and weaver who meet in the heavens on July 7.
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The Orihime weaver.
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The herdsman and weaver meet in the Milky Way.
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More performers.
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Local cheerleaders
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Folk dancers for Tanabata Odori
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Taiko drummers
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This was the main performance area on Jozenji-dori.
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Taiko drummers
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A short walk from Jozenji-dori is the Shimin Hiroba (Citizens' Square) where there was a stage for more entertaining performances by numerous groups. The program started at 6 pm and ended at 8:45 pm.
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Different performances are given every evening during the Tanabata Matsuri. If you want good seats, go there early. Otherwise, it's standing room only.
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Hip hop
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I like these American-style costumes.
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Local cheerleaders were great.
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Local cheerleaders included these kids.
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Korean performers.
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Hip hop
   
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