Every year on the second week-end of June a very old Japanese Festival is held in Yoshiwara/吉原 in Fuji City/富士市 called Yoshiwara Gion Festival/吉原祇園祭り.
Although it is a well-known festival in Our Prefecture, it seems they welcome more visitors from Tokyo than from Shizuoka City!
A great pity indeed!
I was able at last to witness it, that is part of it as I had to unfortunately come back early in the evening missing the floats parade.
I still manage quite a few pictures to give a good idea of what to enjoy next year!
As there are too many photos for a single report I divided them according to their genre or subject.
This third one is about the drummers!
Drummers are part and parcel of any Japanese Festival as they help wake up the Gods!
It is always a good subject for photography!
As in any other place it is also a good idea to first wander around places far from the « real action » where you can discover really dedicated locals!
Naturally other forms of percussion can be discovered!
In Fuji City there are enough men to take care of the drums but some tough ladies can also be found!
The drumming usually is featured before the o-mikoshi/portable shines procession to warn all revelers beforehand!
it is an occasion for youngsters to try their hands!
The representatives of a different district!
A good time for ladies to take pictures of their « Men »!
Different teams keep relaying each other!
Still another district!
These know they are good! LOL
Actually more and more expat residents participate to the drumming at many other venues!
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