Monday, August 9, 2010

Shingon Shu Bon Dance, 8/6/10

Each summer, the Buddhist Temples host bon dances to remember, celebrate and honor those of the deceased spirits. Shingon Shu is next to the Keaumoku McDonald's on Sheridan Street.
Just one look at this chef and you know there was deeelicious Japanese food.
Let the festivities begin.

This center area where the musicians are is called a "yagura" Everyone dances around it. Ever so often the group goes counter clockwise.This Okinawan lion sashayed around. He was so cute!

My friend, Hiromi.

It was so hard to take pictures with low lights. So as you can see I had to brighten up the pics however the downside is you can see the graininess.


pcsty said...

I believe your Dragon is in actuality a Shishi Dog.

Shīsā (シーサー) (Okinawan: siisaa) (shishi or shisaa) is a traditional Ryukyuan decoration, often in pairs, resembling a cross between a lion and a dog, from Okinawa mythology. People placed pairs of shisa on their rooftops or flanking the gates to their houses. Shisa are wards, believed to protect from some evils. When in pairs, the left shisa traditionally has a closed mouth, the right one an open mouth.[1] The open mouth wards off evil spirits, and the closed mouth to keeps good spirits in.

celia said...

Thanks, no wonder it had a dog face. He was so cute - he kept shaking his booty.

SW said...

nice portrait of the chef! and you got one of the 'bon dance regular' too..i had a hard time shooting from the 2nd floor .. looks like you found a good angle to shoot. The bunny is getta(?) shot..I remember you had a shot of the ballerina shoe shot before. seems like you're starting to build a theme.. :-)