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23 July 2007 @ 19:19
Last night, I went to a community "Bon Odori", which means a kind of dance you do to celebrate the festival of Obon. You've almost certainly seen in anime.

The dance took place in a small park near our house. Everyone was dressed up in yukata, which reminds me that I really have to go and buy one at Uniqlo. In the centre was a tower, the design of which was straight of the Edo era. Around it were glowing pink, green and blue lanterns which gave the area a ghostly glow. At the top were musicians.

A Japanese guy approached me and I asked if he could teach me the dance. He said he didn't understand how to do it, but you join the circle at a point in the corner and just copy everyone else. I asked if that was really okay and he said it was fine.

At that point, there was a time-out while the children were given sweets and I started talking to this Australian-British guy that was also there, who also encouraged me to join in once the sweets were handed out.

And so I did! There were some lovely, middle-aged ladies there who were only too pleased to help me get the right positions in the dances (although it required a bit of manhandling since I lack coordination and rhythm!). Gradually you move around the circle and, after a while, the moves repeat. It sounds simple, but I loved every minute of it. Without a doubt, this was the most incredible and amazing experience I've had since arriving in Japan. Do read the Wikipedia article I linked to because it explains it better than I ever could.

(Went out drinking afterwards. Ate basashi on the insistence of my very drunk new friend (the Australian-British guy). I didn't like it much at all. It tasted like ice cold, raw corned beef. I wonder if my parents could be persuaded to try it?)

From gekipuri:
Third gen cast graduation.

From Moonphase:
Suteki Tantei Labyrinth is getting animated. Written by Manjou Meito-sensei and illustrated by Wakayama Seiji-sensei. It looks very pretty.
BAMBOO BLADE will also be animated.

Another Koyasu Takehito-sama blog translation!

22nd July 2007 // Thank you so much.

"Ookami" CLEAR (●´∀`●)/ Wow, it's been a while since I cleared a game. It was so much fun! The story combined folklore, myth and fairytales and wound it tightly into an SF fantasy. I felt the degree of difficulty was appropriate and that the gimmick of being able to use a calligraphy brush was the best. (^-^)
High quality for sure, high quality for sure.
Well, shall I play The Elder Scrolls or Oblivion next?(о^∇^о)

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the TerraFES. I was able to have an enjoyable time even though it has been a while since I was at an event and in front of everyone. Thank you m(__)m My apologies to those who weren't able to go, but perhaps we'll have a chance in the future? Although I guess I don't make many public appearences, huh? (;^_^A Ahaha.
At any rate, Takemiya Keiko-sensei was really cool. (^-^)
I got a signed illustration of Keith. Happiness. ゜+。(*′∇`)。+゜However, it was sad that we weren't able to talk in great depth. Even though I've turned 40, I'm still inexperienced. ( ̄~ ̄)ξ I'll do my best for Keith! Ψ(`∀´#)GROWL!!</a>
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on 23rd July 2007 11:29 (UTC)
That sounds like a wonderful experience..
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd July 2007 11:39 (UTC)
It was amazing! You should definitely try it too! I hear they hold Bon Odori in August too due to some weird thing with the calendar...

Btw, do you have any idea about wearing yukata/tying the obi? I'm searching on the interwebs and everyone has conflicting or incomplete info.
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인: gonna be another of those daysdilettantka on 23rd July 2007 11:47 (UTC)
Ah, maybe... I've only work yukata once or twice and I have NO idea how to properly tie the obi, I'm sorry. It was fraught with peril the whole time I had it on ;o;
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd July 2007 11:50 (UTC)
I can totally understand. One went so far as to say the obi needs to be moved up or down depending on marital status but won't say in which direction or anything further. Just a throwaway line!
くらやみひみつ: Wim!kurayamihimitsu on 23rd July 2007 12:34 (UTC)
:3 i can help you! i found a site somewhere that tells you how, and i've done it before.. though its easier for me to do on someone else than myself. ^^; <3 i wanna go somewhere with you in yukata's~!!!!!! *__*
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th July 2007 10:49 (UTC)
Okay, let's try it. I'm going to see Sumida River fireworks this Saturday(I think?), although I'll have to arrive late, I think, because of work. So I won't wear yukata. I'm going to a show the Saturday after too.

In any case, I have to find one that fits first... I'm a little scared to try!
くらやみひみつkurayamihimitsu on 25th July 2007 15:45 (UTC)
let me know~ i might be busy saturday... well, i know i am... *grins* takuuuuumiiiiii *_____* butyeah.. *coughs* ....*happy giggle*
nekojita: wk - passion yxanekojita on 23rd July 2007 13:07 (UTC)
minami63 also wears the yukata and obi whenever she dances, so she might be able to help you w/ the obi question.
nekojita: cat and teanekojita on 23rd July 2007 13:06 (UTC)
minami63 does obon dancing almost every weekend during the summer (and a bit in the spring and fall) at the various shrines and temples on Hawaii. She's even joined an official obon dance group, so if you have any questions about the dances or like to see pics and such, feel free to check out her LJ!
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th July 2007 10:50 (UTC)
Thanks, although I'd feel a bit weird popping up in someone else's LJ to ask about Bon dancing and obi. ^^
Kat Mastersevil_kat on 23rd July 2007 19:47 (UTC)
That totally sounds awesome! When in China, there was a huge dance party thing and this guy taught me the moves. It was so strange and fun. Definitely one of my highlights.
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th July 2007 10:51 (UTC)
Yeah, I think they have a similar festival in China (not sure which came first), but I don't know just how similar. Sounds like you had fun. :)
Iczer6iczer6 on 24th July 2007 00:19 (UTC)
I'm glad you had a good time.
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th July 2007 10:51 (UTC)
Thank you!
misss_vampire: What?misss_vampire on 28th July 2007 09:19 (UTC)
A Bon Odori? that totally rocks! XD I never been in one but I did have seen it before, during the anual matsuri celebration *nods head* gotta love japanese celbrations around the world *chuckles*

awww Koyappi does play videogames! (no surprise really... *snort* wish he and Seki would play together, they're such dorks! XD)