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Belly dancer at Fukushima Waraji Matsuri.1670 views
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Belly dancer at Fukushima Waraji Matsuri.1180 views
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Belly dancer at Fukushima Waraji Matsuri.1151 views
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My YouTube video featuring Diverse dance troupes on the streets of Fukushima in the evening at the annual Fukushima Waraji Matsuri. This is the evening parade (Dancing Soda Night) on Aug. 8, 2009.551 views
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My YouTube video featuring hula dancers in waraji straw sandals, hip-hop, belly dancers, and more during the 1st Waraji Day Dance Contest on Ekimae-dori near Fukushima Station on Aug. 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm. Also, giant waraji races.442 views
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Fukushima Waraji Matsuri187 views
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JR Fukushima Station on the west side (Nishi-guchi).186 views
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Many of the dancers wore waraji-related things.181 views
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Held on the first Fri. and Sat. of Aug., the Fukushima Waraji Matsuri is mainly an evening parade of dancers. During Aug. 7-8, 2009, the 40th Fukushima Waraji Festival was held. I saw it on the second day.172 views
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During April when the spring flowers are in bloom, a convenient shuttle bus runs from JR Fukushima Station to Hanamiyama Park. A short bus ride.171 views
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Fukushima Waraji Matsuri164 views
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Fukushima Hanamiyama Park 155 views
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This girl's homemade happi coat says "Waraji Matsuri."154 views
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Fukushima Hanamiyama Park spring flowers 151 views
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Nanohana rape blossoms. In the distance are gift shops.150 views
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Fukushima manhole. I think it's waraji straw sandals.148 views
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Hanamiyama Park, Fukushima city.145 views
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Fukushima Hanamiyama Park spring flowers 139 views
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Fukushima Hanamiyama Park spring flowers 137 views
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Photo gallery137 views
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Fukushima Hanamiyama Park spring flowers 134 views
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Awards ceremony. The festival ended at about 9:30 pm.121 views
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Gift shop119 views
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Clear view of Mt. Shinobuyama 信夫山118 views
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About Hanamiyama Park.117 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.115 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.110 views
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Map of Hanamiyama Park. It's kind of hard to figure out.108 views
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Notice anything unusual about these hula dancers?106 views
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A trio of belly dancers.105 views
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Look at their footwear. They are wearing a pair of waraji straw sandals.103 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.102 views
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Before you go to Hanamiyama Park, you can leave your luggage here right next to the bus stop.101 views
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For a few hours, numerous dance groups performed in a contest. They even had a hula troupe dance, to my delight as I'm from Hawaii.96 views
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Hanamiyama Park is literally a Flower-Viewing Mountain Park famous for spring flowers especially cherry blossoms sprinkled on the mountainsides. 96 views
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View of Fukushima Station's east side.95 views
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On Aug. 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm, they held the 1st Waraji Day Dance Contest on Ekimae-dori. (わらじDayダンス選手権)94 views
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From the bus stop, you walk a bit to Hanamiyama Park. Very pleasant walk.93 views
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It started in 1935 when local flower growers began planting flowers. In April 1959, it became Hanamiyama Park.92 views
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Although Hanamiyama Park is most famous for cherry blossoms (which past their peak when I visited), there are many other spring flowers as well.91 views
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A panel of judges were there to judge the dancers.88 views
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Monument on the west side of Fukushima Station. The shinkansen train can be seen.88 views
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They also displayed this giant golden waraji.87 views
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East exit of JR Fukushima Station has a statue of Haiku poet Matsuo Basho and his traveling companion Sora.87 views
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Hanamiyama Park, Fukushima city.86 views
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Cherry blossoms past thir peak.84 views
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"Waraji" means straw sandals. In central Fukushima city, Ashio Shrine (足尾神社) at a mountain called Shinobu-yama (信夫山) has Japan's largest waraji at 12 meters long and weighing 2 tons. 82 views
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The giant waraji sandal is an offering for healthy legs/feet. On the first day of the festival (which I missed in 2009), they carry this giant waraji to the festival grounds along Route 13. Here it is displayed at the intersection.82 views
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Waraji race at Fukushima Waraji Matsuri Festival. Each race team had to have 10 members. Also see my YouTube video here.82 views
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School girls82 views
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Giant golden waraji had ema votive tablets written with people's wishes.81 views
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Eisa group from Okinawa81 views
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Each dance group had to perform two numbers. The first one had to be "Dancing Soda Night" for 3 min. and the second one could be anything for 5 min. or less.80 views
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Announcement of the winners.80 views
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Near the intersection of Ekimae-dori and Route 13 was this entertainment stage.80 views
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Groups of children, women, etc., were to pull this large waraji on wheels on the 300-meter long race course along Route 13. A pair of large waraji were raced down the road. Then raced back by another pair of racers.80 views
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View of Fukushima Station's east side.80 views
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The park include residential and farming areas so there are roads and areas off limits to tourists.80 views
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Some fireworks78 views
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Inside JR Fukushima Station. Sample fireworks balls.78 views
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Nice views all around.78 views
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Road back to the parking lot.78 views
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Ekimae-dori street leading to Fukushima Station is closed to traffic.77 views
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At the intersection. Notice the giant waraji straw sandal.77 views
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Toward the west exit the tourist info office on the left. Pick up pamphlets and maps.77 views
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Corasse Fukushima also has a lookout deck on the top 12th floor. コラッセふくしま77 views
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Local guides show you the flowers for free.77 views
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You can sit here.77 views
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Closeup of the giant waraji. 76 views
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Inside JR Fukushima Station.76 views
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Inside the shop, you can find the best products of Fukushima, including edibles.75 views
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Plants for sale.75 views
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A good-size crowd watched the dance contest.74 views
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The giant golden waraji was used to open the waraji races on the second day of the festival.74 views
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They weren't wearing waraji.74 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.74 views
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Paseo Road Tanabata Matsuri, Fukushima74 views
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Paseo Road also intersects with Bunka-dori road which also has its own Tanabata Matsuri with bamboo branches hung with wishes.74 views
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Irises for June.74 views
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Finally at 7:30 pm, the main event called Dancing Soda Night started along Route 13 and Ekimae-dori.73 views
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JR Fukushima Station on the east side (Higashi-guchi).73 views
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After the waraji races, they also had taiko float races where people pulled/pushed a taiko float in a race.72 views
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Apparently, it was their first time to appear in this festival.72 views
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Many of the dance groups were from dance studios or schools.72 views
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Inside JR Fukushima Station.72 views
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JR Fukushima Station with shinkansen approaching.72 views
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JR Fukushima Station shinkansen platform.72 views
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On Aug. 8, 2009 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, the second day of the festival, they held waraji races along Route 13 (Shinobu-dori).71 views
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JR Fukushima Station shinkansen platform.70 views
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Entrance to the shinkansen tracks.69 views
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Around Aug. 7, the Tanabata Matsuri Star Festival is held along Paseo Road, a short walk from the east side of Fukushima Station.69 views
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Children's wishes for Tanabata Matsuri on Bunka-dori Road.69 views
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On the west side of Fukushima Station is a tall building called Corasse Fukushima. The ground floor has the Fukushima Tourism and Product Center selling products of Fukushima.69 views
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Bunka-dori road Tanabata Matsuri68 views
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Dancing maids. Also see my YouTube video here.67 views
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Hula dancers67 views
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Poster for Bunka-dori Tanabata Matsuri.67 views
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