Observation of Massaki’s Cultural Festival at Massaki Junior High School/ Observation of Ofunato City’s Local Folk Performing Arts Festival at Rias Hall in Ofunato City
We will go to see the “Massaki Cultural Festival,” which starts at 9:30 am. There are a total of 19 acts lasting about 3 hours, and it begins with a song by the local singer “Eiko Hamamori” and a performance of “Shichifukujin” by everyone at the nursery school whom we were with until yesterday, and then it ends with the much talked about high school dancer “Sasuke-san.” All of them are people from the Massaki area. There was only one person who did street dance, but everyone else either did local folk performing arts or their own original style of dancing. It was like “Just how many people here do folk arts?” Anywhere that people are talking about folk performing arts makes a lively conversation. Amazing.
Next, we went to the “Ofunato City Local Folk Performing Arts Festival” being held at Rias hall. There were 8 acts here representing each region. They were all groups with quite a lot of force behind them.
In this time period they have cultural festivals and local folk performing arts festivals in each region, and it’s really like being in another country. When I saw the performers of local performing arts all get in the car with their costumes on, it reminded me of when I went to Bali and saw all of the Gamelan players pile into the truck bed with their costumes on. It’s Japan’s Bali.