Yatto yatto sa!Been rather swamped with business trips, work, fall color hunting, and the like, but my mind always drifts back to those festive summer days, those nights filled with dance.As with others like it, this is another from the 135DC… a lens which I had almost given up on, but a lucky accident proved it a worthy addition to the arsenal and it was brought along to the Hatsudai Awaodori. This young girl is with Sharaku ren, one of the many fine teams that graced the Hatsudai Awaodori.

Yatto yatto sa!

Been rather swamped with business trips, work, fall color hunting, and the like, but my mind always drifts back to those festive summer days, those nights filled with dance.

As with others like it, this is another from the 135DC… a lens which I had almost given up on, but a lucky accident proved it a worthy addition to the arsenal and it was brought along to the Hatsudai Awaodori. This young girl is with Sharaku ren, one of the many fine teams that graced the Hatsudai Awaodori.

 
Ei-sa!Quality: http://smu.gs/ZoCJw5 This spirit pair hail from Kimagu-ren, likely a play on “kimagure” meaning whimsical.Despite his youth, as the night grew long this young boy delivered even more spirited performances often stopping to pound out a drum solo! Unfortunately, when I caught him in good light, he was still just a bit shy.
 
Ei-sa!
Quality: http://smu.gs/ZoCJw5 

This spirit pair hail from Kimagu-ren, likely a play on “kimagure” meaning whimsical.

Despite his youth, as the night grew long this young boy delivered even more spirited performances often stopping to pound out a drum solo! Unfortunately, when I caught him in good light, he was still just a bit shy.
Yatto yatto sa!Quality: http://smu.gs/1CAPKk9 It’s been too long since I’ve put something up from Hyottoko-ren. Almost feel like I’m going through withdrawals!Explosively dynamic yet minutely subtle formations are their signature and I’d venture to say, on their 50th anniversary, there was no finer at Koenji 2014.Simga 35mm 1.4 ARTMore on Hyottoko-ren: http://www.hyottoko-ren.com/ More from matsuri: http://www.jasonarney.com/Galleries/Matsuri/ 

Yatto yatto sa!
Quality: http://smu.gs/1CAPKk9 

It’s been too long since I’ve put something up from Hyottoko-ren. Almost feel like I’m going through withdrawals!

Explosively dynamic yet minutely subtle formations are their signature and I’d venture to say, on their 50th anniversary, there was no finer at Koenji 2014.

Simga 35mm 1.4 ART

More on Hyottoko-ren: http://www.hyottoko-ren.com/ 

More from matsuri: http://www.jasonarney.com/Galleries/Matsuri/ 

Don! Don!Quality: http://smu.gs/ZeJaSa This lovely lady was drumming in Denwa Ren… which would be “Phone Group”. Not sure what the connection was, but they had phone props in place of traditional charms and used them within their routine. Despite the silly name, they owned it and furthered the essence of being a fool in the “fool’s dance”.More from Koenji Awaodori 2014:http://www.jasonarney.com/Galleries/Matsuri/Awaodori-in-Koenji-2014/

Don! Don!
Quality: http://smu.gs/ZeJaSa 

This lovely lady was drumming in Denwa Ren… which would be “Phone Group”. Not sure what the connection was, but they had phone props in place of traditional charms and used them within their routine. Despite the silly name, they owned it and furthered the essence of being a fool in the “fool’s dance”.

More from Koenji Awaodori 2014:http://www.jasonarney.com/Galleries/Matsuri/Awaodori-in-Koenji-2014/

Ei-sa!Quality: http://smu.gs/1vc34YWI had the pleasure of talking to this character after the Hatsudai Awaodori as well. As with the young lady from the previous shot, despite being a tier one performer, he too was there merely to enjoy the festivities and let the locals take center stage.Unfortunately, this shot was wasn’t available to show him at the time, so I could only describe it by making swimming poses with my arms… ah well ;)This was captured during Sunday afternoon, well before this group was scheduled to perform on stage, and hours before they were due in the lane! I don’t now if it was a mere warm up and just an impromptu performance, but Edokko Ren already deliver with passion.From tomorrow I’ll be able to dedicate time to the Koenji edits and finally get around to presenting the massive Nabeyoko festival.

Ei-sa!

Quality: http://smu.gs/1vc34YW

I had the pleasure of talking to this character after the Hatsudai Awaodori as well. As with the young lady from the previous shot, despite being a tier one performer, he too was there merely to enjoy the festivities and let the locals take center stage.

Unfortunately, this shot was wasn’t available to show him at the time, so I could only describe it by making swimming poses with my arms… ah well ;)

This was captured during Sunday afternoon, well before this group was scheduled to perform on stage, and hours before they were due in the lane! I don’t now if it was a mere warm up and just an impromptu performance, but Edokko Ren already deliver with passion.

From tomorrow I’ll be able to dedicate time to the Koenji edits and finally get around to presenting the massive Nabeyoko festival.

Yatto yatto sa!Quality: http://smu.gs/1qqhOxE I had the rare opportunity to show this lovely young lady a shot of her Koenji Awaodori performance while I was shooting the Hatsudai Awaodori. Needless to say, her reaction was much like my own when I see a photo of myself, “Burn it with fire, now!”Being behind the lens affords me freedom from such suffering, but I can’t image anyone witnessing such a spirited performance as this without knowing how cool this young lady looks.This is another from the 135DC, so the focus in intensely soft and the bohek like an underwater dream.

Yatto yatto sa!
Quality: http://smu.gs/1qqhOxE 

I had the rare opportunity to show this lovely young lady a shot of her Koenji Awaodori performance while I was shooting the Hatsudai Awaodori. Needless to say, her reaction was much like my own when I see a photo of myself, “Burn it with fire, now!”

Being behind the lens affords me freedom from such suffering, but I can’t image anyone witnessing such a spirited performance as this without knowing how cool this young lady looks.

This is another from the 135DC, so the focus in intensely soft and the bohek like an underwater dream.

 
Yatto yatto sa!Quality: http://smu.gs/1rY2C23 Raw passion separates the good dancers from the amazing, and without question, Hyottoko-ren is loaded with amazing. Each time I see them, I know there is no place they’d rather be, and in the same sense, I too know there is no place I’d rather be.Unfortunately, until next year, Hyottoko-ren are only conducting tryouts as they prepare for next year. Perhaps it’s time to make your debut!If you’d like to know more about Hyottoko-ren: http://www.hyottoko-ren.com/ 
 
Yatto yatto sa!
Quality: http://smu.gs/1rY2C23 

Raw passion separates the good dancers from the amazing, and without question, Hyottoko-ren is loaded with amazing. Each time I see them, I know there is no place they’d rather be, and in the same sense, I too know there is no place I’d rather be.

Unfortunately, until next year, Hyottoko-ren are only conducting tryouts as they prepare for next year. Perhaps it’s time to make your debut!

If you’d like to know more about Hyottoko-ren: http://www.hyottoko-ren.com/ 
Yatto yatto sa!These ladies are from the Shirubaa-ren… which while they have kanji for their team name, they are clearly running a pun on “Silver”… which could itself be any number of puns (elderly, second place, etc.). A matrixed pun-within-a-pun seems perfectly fitting for the “fool’s dance”.More from Matsuri:http://www.jasonarney.com/Galleries/Matsuri/ (The Nabeyoko Matsuri is 70% complete… what an eclectic event it was.)More on Shiburaa-ren:http://sirubaa.jp/ 

Yatto yatto sa!

These ladies are from the Shirubaa-ren… which while they have kanji for their team name, they are clearly running a pun on “Silver”… which could itself be any number of puns (elderly, second place, etc.). A matrixed pun-within-a-pun seems perfectly fitting for the “fool’s dance”.

More from Matsuri:http://www.jasonarney.com/Galleries/Matsuri/ 
(The Nabeyoko Matsuri is 70% complete… what an eclectic event it was.)

More on Shiburaa-ren:
http://sirubaa.jp/ 

Yatto yatto sa!Quality: http://smu.gs/WbyVfl Although my exposure was limited, I knew from my initial Koenji 2013 shots, that in many ways, Hyottoko-ren defined much of what captured my muse within Awaodori: dynamic yet subtle, graceful yet explosive, song and dance awaken the mind. Through communication with Hyottoko, they revealed their teacher was Uzuki-ren and my imagination was immediately seized. Needless to say, Uzuki-ren did not disappoint!More on Hyottoko-ren: http://www.hyottoko-ren.com/ More on Uzuki-ren: http://www.stannet.ne.jp/uzuki/index.html More from Japanese matsuri: http://www.jasonarney.com/Galleries/Matsuri 

Yatto yatto sa!
Quality: http://smu.gs/WbyVfl 

Although my exposure was limited, I knew from my initial Koenji 2013 shots, that in many ways, Hyottoko-ren defined much of what captured my muse within Awaodori: dynamic yet subtle, graceful yet explosive, song and dance awaken the mind. Through communication with Hyottoko, they revealed their teacher was Uzuki-ren and my imagination was immediately seized. Needless to say, Uzuki-ren did not disappoint!

More on Hyottoko-ren: http://www.hyottoko-ren.com/ 
More on Uzuki-ren: http://www.stannet.ne.jp/uzuki/index.html 
More from Japanese matsuri: http://www.jasonarney.com/Galleries/Matsuri 

Dakara yamerarenai!Quality: http://smu.gs/1q7EE1S Moments like these are why I remain so captured by matsuri - despite sweltering heat in brutal humidity, dancers give their all spurred on by the cheer of the crowd. If you enjoy my matsuri work, please browse the greater collection of shots:http://www.jasonarney.com/Galleries/Matsuri

Dakara yamerarenai!
Quality: http://smu.gs/1q7EE1S 

Moments like these are why I remain so captured by matsuri - despite sweltering heat in brutal humidity, dancers give their all spurred on by the cheer of the crowd. 

If you enjoy my matsuri work, please browse the greater collection of shots:http://www.jasonarney.com/Galleries/Matsuri

Yatto yatto sa!Quality: http://smu.gs/1pjf0lt During the rare moments that I get to talk with the dancers, I often discover many have been dancing since their childhood and often they once did, or still do dance with members of their family. A tradition of dance truly must be a wonderful gift to share.Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM

Yatto yatto sa!
Quality: http://smu.gs/1pjf0lt 

During the rare moments that I get to talk with the dancers, I often discover many have been dancing since their childhood and often they once did, or still do dance with members of their family. A tradition of dance truly must be a wonderful gift to share.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM

During the second day of the Nabeyoko Summer Matsuri the local fire department carried the Mikoshi in no less than 37C degree (about 99F) humid heat for about 1.5km… brutal!

I won’t profess to know much about the carrying Mikoshi, but I was delighted to see so many of the locals change places with the fire department and bear the load, if only for a few meters. All communities share burdens, but seeing it in such an immediate way left a lasting impression.

I have the developing Nabeyoko gallery here, most of the Mikoshi shots are color (since I don’t do much BW conversions, each one takes much longer for me): http://www.jasonarney.com/Galleries/Matsuri/Nabeyoko-Summer-Matsuri-2014/i-PhJLBvF/A

Ei-sa don!Quality: http://smu.gs/1pMfiXi Right before shooting this charming fellow, this is the actual conversation we had."My wife looks like a Filipino!""Uh…?""She does, she does!""Does she… know you think that?""No, don’t tell her, but still, I think they are the most beautiful women in the world so its OK! HAHAHA!"Characters like this guy are why small, local matsuri can be every bit as awesome as the big ones.

Ei-sa don!
Quality: http://smu.gs/1pMfiXi 

Right before shooting this charming fellow, this is the actual conversation we had.

"My wife looks like a Filipino!"
"Uh…?"
"She does, she does!"
"Does she… know you think that?"
"No, don’t tell her, but still, I think they are the most beautiful women in the world so its OK! HAHAHA!"

Characters like this guy are why small, local matsuri can be every bit as awesome as the big ones.

Yatto yatto sa!This is another from the warm up day for the 58th Koenji Awaodori. Hard light into the 135 DC lens makes this ultra soft contrast that’s a bit difficult to manage, but I really enjoyed capturing this formation and the surrounding light.The group here is Edokko Ren, one of the amazing local Koenji teams that’s been dancing for decades.Although I’ve yet to begin sorting past the warm up day, my developing gallery is here:http://www.jasonarney.com/Galleries/Matsuri/Awaodori-in-Koenji-2014/

Yatto yatto sa!

This is another from the warm up day for the 58th Koenji Awaodori. Hard light into the 135 DC lens makes this ultra soft contrast that’s a bit difficult to manage, but I really enjoyed capturing this formation and the surrounding light.

The group here is Edokko Ren, one of the amazing local Koenji teams that’s been dancing for decades.

Although I’ve yet to begin sorting past the warm up day, my developing gallery is here:http://www.jasonarney.com/Galleries/Matsuri/Awaodori-in-Koenji-2014/