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Japanese Festivals: Nue barai Matsuri in Izu Nagaoka, Shizuoka Prefecture-第49回鵺ばらい祭

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The picture of the day: a smiling face inside a monster’s mouth!

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Yesterday I traveled all the way train from Shizuoka City to Izu Nagaoka Station by train and took the the local bus to Yu Rakkasu Park to attend an unusual Matsuri/Japanese Festival!
I managed to arrive one hour before the start of the festivities which allowed me to have a good location at the location and its people!
As in any festival the locals were selling food to the visitors!

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Okonomiyaki and karaage!

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A local specialty, big deep-fried gyoza!

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The stage!

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I saw the students from Nagaoka Junior High School arriving directly from their school!
The lady in the middle is Ms. Kamoshita, Director of the Izu No Kuni City Tourism Bureau who had faxed me the details of the vent!

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Mount Fuji was looking after us all the time!

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The program clearly indicated for everyone’s benefit!

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One of the great staff in attendance who kept me informed me all afternoon!

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A great hapi/festival coat!

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Great kids from Nagaoka Junior High School!
So well-mannered, ever smiling and enthusiastic!
Years ago the festival used to be performed by adults. Now it is exclusively enacted by Nagoka Junior High School!
And from this year boys and girls are equally represented!

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the drummers practicing before the event!

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The “nue/鵺”!
The nue is a monster of old Japanese lore. Check the NUE LORE HERE!
It is monster with the head of a monkey, the body of a tiger and a snake as a tail in Izu Nagaoka.
The legend was brought a lot time ago to Izu Peninsula from Kyoto by a Lord’s wife.
It is a monster/spirit thought to be a bringer of misfortune and illness.
This festival is held every year to make sure it does not appear to mistreat the local inhabitants!

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Great kids again including some big boys!

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One of the very old drums used during the festival!

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A last practice!

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But before the Nue Dance we witnessed a Japanese archery/Kyuudou/弓道 demonstration, which an integral part of the festival, held by the local Japanese Archery Association!

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These two gentlemen might be of a grand age but they did not miss their target!

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Male archers!

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And female archers!

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The nue did not stand a chance!
The target made of paper was subsequently shredded into small pieces to be distributed among the onlookers for good luck!
I got mine, which might come useful when facing the home dragon!

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By then the nue dancers had got ready and were coming out of the changing room!

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Some of the costumes had to be carried by hand!

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Samurais!

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I would like to thank these two young ladies who were so kind to answer this strange foreigner’s questions!

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Peace!

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Getting ready in the cold wind!

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The choreographer giving his last advice!

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And the dance starts!

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The nue and its minions ready to pounce!

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The fever went up a grade with the drumming!

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The nue’s minions are taunting the samurai!

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Mind you the kids inside are no monsters!

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The nue has crept among its minions!

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The minions first attempt to frighten the onlookers!

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There must be some kind of hierarchy among the minions as a few carry big tail snakes!

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The minions are attacking!

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Why have they stopped?

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This is the reason!

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The samurai have come to defend the onlookers by first loosing arrows!

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But the nue’s minions are undaunted and chase the samurai who have to unsheathe their swors!

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All the while the nue is looking at the action from a safe distance!

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Nothing frightening about these two sweet young ladies!

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While the nue kept looking at the action I crept behind it for some photoes!

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Big and horrible tail!

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Nasty head!

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The samurai were starting to get the upper hand!

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Take that!

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The nue’s minons were getting killed one by one!

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The nue’s minoons had all been cut down!

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The Nue still did not intervene!

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Things seemed to be all but lost…

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But this is when the Nue finally came into the fray!

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The drummers lustily encouraged the samurais!

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But the onlookers started throwing beans at it!

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The Nue roars back into the fight!

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But the samurais show no fear!

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The Nue is struck with fear!

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The samurais have started their killing dance!

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The Nue has no chance!

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The Nue is finally down!

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The Town and its citizens are saved again this year!

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Well done, lads and gals!

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The onlookers picking the beans which contributed to the demise of the Nue!

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The two choreographers who teach the kids every year!
They are brothers and volunteers.
As the second generation of choreographers they confided that they are aiming at teaching the next generation to make sure the Festival outlives them!
Well done, gentlemen!

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All the while local geishas working at the hot springs establishments had been stoically waiting for their turn in the cold!

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And they graciously danced for all!
Don’t ask me why I chose this particular lady! LOL

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The Nue mascot!

Looking forward to my next visit to Izu Nagaoka!

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O Taiko Festival at Toyosumi Shrine in Yui, Shizuoka City on the New Year!

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On the new Year there are indeed quite a few unusual festivals happening, and Shizuoka is no exception!
I found this sign, among others,yesterday as I was strolling along the Old Kitakaido in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City and decided to investigate a little as I am really interested in attending it!

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This is a very old festival indeed as it took place for the first time in 797!

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It is one of the two major festivals in Yui with the Sakura Ebi Festival in May!
Yui had been a city of its own and one of the famous stations along the Old Tokaido Route as painted by Hiroshige until only a few years ago when it was merged into Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City

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It has been held all the time at Toyosumi Shrine/豊積神社, a very old shrine built in 791!

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The exact address is 静岡県静岡市清水区由比町町屋原185/Shizuoka Prefecture, Shimizu Ku, Yui Machi, Machiharaya, 185.
Get down at Yui JR Station and walk down the road on your right hand side. Walk past the harbor, turn left after Ando Dental Clinic and walk up all the way.

Held from January 1st at noon to the 3rd at 00:30 a.m.!

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Japanese “Toughies” Faces!

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Don’t even think of getting the sake?

The japanese, for all their innate gentleness and love of peace can put on some really fierce faces when required or requested!
A trait they learned in kabuki!
It certainly makes for interesting photography (and psychology, too)!

here is a small selection of pictures I took this year in different festivals in Shizuoka prefecture!

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If that guy on the left gets even nearer….

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Get out of the way, will ya!

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If one ever dares call me a sissy….

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Why do I have to look after these kids?

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Show some respect to your elders, kiddo!

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Chicken asses, that’s what they are!

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Who am I going to eat today?

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Do you have a problem?

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Do you want feel a bit of it?

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Where is my purse?

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You’ve got something to say about my hairstyle?

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You want my name?

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Blimey, it’s hot!

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Pain in the neck!

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Stupid me, getting drunk in front of those kids!

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Some will never look tough, whatever you do to them!

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Not so tough after all those drinks!

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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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My 20 Best Pictures in Japan (so far!)!

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My favorite piscture!
4-year old boy dressed as a lion dancer at the Shimada Obi Festival!

I’ve been recently running through all the pictures kept in my PC and decided to show a few of the pictures I particularly like. Saying they they are “My 20 Best Pictures in Japan” is a bit of a misnomer as I ought to say “My favorite 20 Pictures in Japan” with all the biases it includes!

Anyway let me show them through with a minimum of explanations!

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Pinky Flower Mount Fuji!
Hamamatsu Flower Park. I will have to visit it again and run a full report!

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Kimono Christmas Tree!
Japanese ingenuity and business acumen in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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“Ishi tatami Umibe/石畳海辺/Stone Mat Beach” in Kume Island, Okinawa Archipelago!
My worst actually took the picture but according to my instructions!
Millions of years ago an undersea volcanic eruption created this incredible natural art!

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Noh mask!
It took my good friend Roger Voltz in Shizuoka City a year to carve it!

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Owls Noren!
“Noren/暖簾” in Japanese mean the shop entrance curtain to mean they are on business.
There are millions of them, but this one was just too cute!
In fact it does not exist ant more as the izakaya in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, ceased business!

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Pyschedelic mount Fuji!
There are millions of pictures of the symbol of Japan and I don’t know how many I have, but this picture taken in winter just before sunset from Shimizu JR Station holds a special attraction!

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Geisha Geta/Geisha clogs in Shizuoka City!
Shizuoka City and Prefecture are famous all over Japan for their traditonal geta!
Bear in mind there are very few made in Japan now!

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Halloween Melon at Cenova Department Store in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!
Shizuoka Prefecture is famed for its melons all over the country!

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Sashimi Plate in Kume Island, Okinawa Archipelago!
Gastronomy offers an unlimited inspiration to photographers!
I could take pictures of sashimi and sushi all day long!
Kume Island is one of the lesser known isalands in the Okinawa Archipelago and ought to deserve far more attention what with beautiful sites and sea, and superlative seafood!
I can’t remember the name of the two local fish but the live kuruma ebi/large prawns were sublime!

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Organic Shizuoka vegetables at Tetsuya Sugimoto Restaurant in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!
Every time Tetsuya cooks local organic vegetables it turns into a real palette of colors!

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Vegan Sushi Plate at Sushi Ko in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!
Shizuoka prefecture is arguably the most welcoming region in Japan for gastronomes with special priorities!

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Mother and Daughter “Pair Look” Fashion in Shizuoka City!
I agree that that mothers and daughters ought to exchange views on fashion but there is something wicked in a mother trying to stay cute and young and her daughter attempting to allure men from an early age!

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Vegan Steak at Tetsuya Sugimoto Restaurant in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!
Another example of artistic gastronomy!

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“Gremlin” in Shizuoka JR Station!
I just could help risking arrest taking a picture of this zany minuscule Japanese girl!

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Oumura House in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!
Built in the 19th Century just at the beginning of the Meiji Era along the Abe River by local Tea growers whose family traces back its origins to Edo period!

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Star Wars?
Acturally the face of a famous past monk in Shuzenji, Izu Peninsula!

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Italian gastronomy jewel at Al Porto Restaurant in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!
Avocado, snow crab, Shizuoka-grown Ameera sweet Tomato, caviar and raspberry coulis!

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My all-time favorite bento/lunch box!

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Flower Bouquet Millefeuille Sushi at Sushi Ko, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!
This picture was actually taken by my good friend Camille Oger, but according to my instructions!
The roses are made of sole, salmon and tuna!

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Sandwich: Home-made Smoked Salmon & Guacamole Sandwich at BLUE BOOKS cafe in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Very friendly, smiling and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Superb washroom in same building separated from the cafe.
Prices: Reasonable for such big servings!
Strong points: Very generous cafe/bistro multi-genred gastronomy. Great variety. Great products. Entirely non-smoking in very modern atmosphere. Great books!

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I’ve initiated a series of postings to recommend lunches at restaurants in Shizuoka prefecture. The first two installments were dedicated to French and Italian Gastronomies. As the third one will concern “Western Gastronomy”, that is American, European and the like, BLUE BOOKS cafe will definitely qualify!
It had been a long time since I enjoyed a real sandwich for lunch and I couldn’t resist the home-made Smoked Salmon & Guacomole Sandwich!

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As for other lunch sets it is served with fresh salad and a complimentary drink. I topped with a glass of British Strongbow Cider!

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This is what I called American popular gastronomy at its best!
It is lighter than it looks. The bread is top-class and toasted to perfection!

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And it is comparatively so healthy with plenty of fresh local vegetables, making for great balance with the salmon!

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Succulent guacomole!

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And naturally, plenty of French (Belgian) fries!

Very satisfying and yuuuummmmmyyyy!

More soon!

BLUE BOOKS cafe
420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki-Cho, 4-6, Den Bldg 1F (5~10 minutes walk straight ahead from Shizuoka JR Station North Exit, around the corner at the large crossroads)
Tel.: 054-280-7644
Opening hours: 11:00~14:30 (lunch), 14:30^17:30 (cafe), 17:30~23:00 (dinner)
Entirely non-smoking!

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Daidogei Street Performers Festival in Shizuoka City 2013 (November 1st~4th) 2

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Lucie Brouillard, face painting artist from Quebec!

The weather today being markedly cooler than yesterday encouraged me to have a look at what happening in downtown Shizuoka City during the second day of the 2013 version of Daidogei Street performers Festival!
Bear in mind that I’m only interested in the “side shows”, leaving the main show with the professional guests in Sumpu Park to other geeks!

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I was supposed to meet friends of Shizuoka JR Station who never turned up but I was lucky enough to take a pic of this Japanese acrobat couple’s last gig!

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A mime/clown from Chile!

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The marching was still here!

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Another bunch of clowns!

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The ostriches were still there, too!

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Lucie Brouillard, my favorite side show artist at work!

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This mother actually requested a penguin to dhow her kid!

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Pixie mother and daughter!

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Nail painting!
For adults!

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More nail painting!
For kids!

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Young male bodies….

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A great way to entice customers!

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Who are the real kids?

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Face drawings apparently done by art students!

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This pantomime is a regular feature year after year and is getting more and more attention from onlookers and the media!

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A frightening centipede from South Korea!
I heard that they also performed in my own hometown’s Street Performers Festival in Chalon Sur Saone, France last July, which is also visited every year by Masaaki Koga, the chief organizer of this Festival in Shizuoka City!

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The kid didn’t care a fig!

To be continued…………

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Daidogei Street Performers Festival in Shizuoka City 2013 (November 1st~4th) 1

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Masaaki Koga, the Man who made it all possible!

The 2013 version of the Shizuoka Daidogei has finally kicked off in bright sunshine and I took the opportunity to take a few pictures as the long week-end will be a real tussle!

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A small marching band?

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Like the years before faint painting was one of the most popular events right from the beginning!

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True colors?

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A pixie?

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An elf?

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A loving couple!

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Even the models were highLy concentrated!

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Photographer being photographed!

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Hey! What’s this?

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Giant ostrich!

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Beware the fowl!

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Plenty of clowns of all ages everywhere!

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Ready for the picture?

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masaaki Koga and his troops/troupes looking forward to meeting you tomorrow again!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Shop with Intent by Debbie
BULA KANA in Fiji
Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City