Osu Street Performer Festival

Today we went down to Osu to see the Street Performer Festival. We saw juggling, the oiran procession, fire dancing, and more!

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First, we saw juggling. This man was balancing a fire stick on his face.

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Three flaming sticks.

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He also juggled with the flaming batons.

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He also had this hourglass and string thing he tossed around.

After lunch, we saw the oiran procession. Oiran were courtesans. They were similar to geisha in that they were skilled in performing arts, however, they also would act as prostitutes.

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A closeup of the hair decorations.

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The women wore these really high shoes and walked with a dance-like gait.

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A close-up of their shoes.

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Another shot of their wigs.

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The back of one of the kimono.

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The last oiran in the procession.

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The back of her kimono was really cool.

After that, we walked around for a bit. And came upon… This strangeness.

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Like… What is even going on?

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There is this band that walks around Osu during festivals.

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Here they are again!

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This cute decoration was outside of a flower shop.

The last thing we watched was a fire performance.

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There were also a couple of girls who did bellydancing in addition.

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This guy had a flaming hat.

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These acrylic balls seem to be a fire dancing requirement in Japan.

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This girl had a flaming hula hoop.

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She actually hula hooped with it, too!

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They did a cool fan dance, too.

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Two of the men fought with fire swords.

Well, that’s all for the Osu Street Performer Festival!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hiroshi Nara
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 14:58:39

    The walking three-persona band is chindon’ya–dying/dead PR troupe.


  2. Marie Elder
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 15:53:34

    I would love to see that! The fire dancing has always interested me.


  3. Barb Lange
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 16:53:15

    I like the guy in the band with the plaid jacket and lime green pants! Nice pictures, Jen!


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