Sunday, August 6, 2006

The parade

The Nabuta Festival has a particular order. First comes the drums. They are very large and on wheels. Five guys pull the drums and five or six guys beat the drums. Then come the bells and flutes. They hop twice on one foot and then twice on the other while making a little song with their bells or flutes. After that comes the dancers. There are guys with large ropes keep the crowds out or the dancers in depending on your perspective. At any rate, it looks like wild drunken dancing while people yell "Rasse, Rasse, Rasserarasa". . . or something like that. After the dancers come the floats, they are very large. "Japanese historical figures are paintd on what is basically paper mache with lights.

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