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/

“….I firmly believe that any man’s finest hours – his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear – is that moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.” - Vince Lombardi Having ran up and down Koenji with a host of gear for two and a half days my weak, old, slightly overweight body is utterly broken. But as the good man Vince says, I lie exhausted on the battlefield, but my muse has truly come alight.I hope everyone can make the 59th Koenji Awaodori! And the 60th, and the 61st, and the 62nd… (Oh, technical blah blah, this is from the Nikon 135 DC, certainly a difficult lens, but one with a very colorful personality.)

“….I firmly believe that any man’s finest hours – his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear – is that moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.” - Vince Lombardi 

Having ran up and down Koenji with a host of gear for two and a half days my weak, old, slightly overweight body is utterly broken. But as the good man Vince says, I lie exhausted on the battlefield, but my muse has truly come alight.

I hope everyone can make the 59th Koenji Awaodori! And the 60th, and the 61st, and the 62nd… 

(Oh, technical blah blah, this is from the Nikon 135 DC, certainly a difficult lens, but one with a very colorful personality.)

Eisa!Quality: http://smu.gs/1mfccFZ(full size version was rejected)The more I learn, the more I can’t help but feel immense respect towards matsuri performers - a significant chunk their life is spent in training before they can even step into the street and entertain the summer crowds. This group (linked below) is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, they must swell with pride knowing eager youngsters will carry the tradition onward.You can learn more about them here: http://www.hyottoko-ren.com/

Eisa!
Quality: http://smu.gs/1mfccFZ
(full size version was rejected)

The more I learn, the more I can’t help but feel immense respect towards matsuri performers - a significant chunk their life is spent in training before they can even step into the street and entertain the summer crowds. This group (linked below) is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, they must swell with pride knowing eager youngsters will carry the tradition onward.

You can learn more about them here: http://www.hyottoko-ren.com/

Yatto yatto sa!Quality: http://smu.gs/1t9Rzz1 Caught a more local Awaodori in Koujiya (near Haneda) at the beginning of Agust. Even though it was a local event, it did attract a few high caliber teams! Certainly worth the effort next year.Featured here is a member of ひょっとこ連. You can learn more about them:https://www.facebook.com/hyottokoren

Yatto yatto sa!
Quality: http://smu.gs/1t9Rzz1 

Caught a more local Awaodori in Koujiya (near Haneda) at the beginning of Agust. Even though it was a local event, it did attract a few high caliber teams! Certainly worth the effort next year.

Featured here is a member of ひょっとこ連. You can learn more about them:https://www.facebook.com/hyottokoren