Monday, July 28, 2003

Sanda Matsuri was a really interesting experience! It involved hundreds of people wearing traditional festival costumes forming a massive circle around a central podium and dancing around in unison to enka and drums. Some groups would periodically break away from the main circle and dance up onto a central stage. Tyler entertained himself (and made a mild nuisance of himself) by dancing and running around on the ramp leading up to the stage. He declined from many offers to join merry makers on the stage. I stood by the side of the stage with Misaki keeping an eye on Tyler while enjoying a few festival beers and letting the whole cultural experience wash over me. I've really never seen anything quite like it, it was really nice.

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