Street Performance. Was it a dream or were am I half asleep? finale (Matsumoto / 松本)

Thank you for reading about the performances.
This is the last day, so it will be my pleasure if you have fun.

In the time sun is going down, the performer gathered in front of the Matsumoto castle.

They each have techniques and tricks.
How lucky to see all the performances in one place!

Adults and children, everyone each have smiles in their face.
They each seemed having fun, like they are in dreams.

The drunk puppet came.
It says "SAKE" on his bottle.

Nice and sweet music where there.

Sheep and monkey met here.
The monkey is called "Son Goku" in Japan. He is most famous monkey in Japan came from China. The hero of Dragon ball where named from him, so you may be heard of it.

The tall bird where here, too.
He was so beautiful in the sky, colored by the sun.

The summer vacation has started in the schools in Japan.
I wish all kids here have nice fun memories this day.

I got more and more pictures, but I would like to end it by now.
Thank you, again for reading these articles in few days.

If you liked my pictures, please visit again!
Good night!

松本, 松本城, 大道芸, 孫悟空, 羊, 仁王像, フェイスペイント


Street Performance. Was it a dream or were am I half asleep? No.4 (Matsumoto / 松本)

Some performers also came from abroad.
One of the most fantastic performers were from China.

They are called Chinese Acrobatics.

She came with colorful costume and masks.

I think she was wearing almost 20 masks, and took off in time of blink.

As her performance was so fast, I just could take only one pattern of mask changes.

I thought the mask little looks like the one which I saw in Venice in Italy.
As I wrote in previous article, it was so hot day, she said she felt refreshed after taking her masks.

She also could do acrobatic performance.
Changed her costume, and started to climb to the sky using chairs.

It is hard to believe, but the chairs are pair and not connected.
She stacked them each and climb them up.

They were so high that I couldn't take all the chairs in one picture.

In the direction of her eyesight, there were Matsumoto castle.
I think she saw the most beautiful sight in that day.

In the same place, percussion group from Senegal came and had small concert.

The time was around dusk, I enjoyed their moody music.
A child was swaying with music.

The player seemed realized her, and smiling.
It was time like dreaming.

In the next article, I will write about finale of the festival.

Thank you for reading the blog.
Have a nice weekend!

松本城, 松本, 中国雑技団, セネガル


Street Performance. Was it a dream or were am I half asleep? No.3 (Matsumoto / 松本)

Not only Japanese performance, there are some Western style performances.
(I felt they are Western style performer.)

With sound of horn, tall bird came.
The horn's sound was like a instrument used when soccer games.

In the profile, the sound of horn is his (her?) tweet.
A lot of children came with him.

The bird reminded me a fairy tale the man who takes children playing flute.

I looked up the wikipedia, and the tale was "The Pied Piper"
Do you know the story?

Be careful to the cars!!

I walked a little, and met other animal.


In the center of main street, I found a sheep!!


When I found him (her?), he stand up high.

A lot of children were here, too!

At that time, strange statue came across.

I thought he was staring at me and other people in scary eyes...

But, I know he is gentle statue.
I met him at other place.

 He was taking picture with a boy.

In next blog, I will write about performers came from abroad!
Their performance were great.

I'm glad if you have fun and visit my blog again!

Good night!

松本, 大道芸, 羊, 鳥, 金剛力士像


Street Performance. Was it a dream or were am I half asleep? No.2 (Matsumoto / 松本)

As I wrote in previous blog, the street performance festival in Matsumoto is held once in two years.

The title of this article, "Was it a dream or were am I half asleep? ", was the theme of this year's festival. There were a lot of dreams in the street.

This creature is called "Kappa".
Kappa lives in the river, has a mail in his back, and plate on the head.

Kappa is firstly came out in the history book published in year 324. Almost 1700 years ago!
Isn't he little looks like Mutant Ninja Turtle?

The baby seemed little awake. Is he in a dream? or half awake?

Kappa is said do both bad and good things.

Sometimes he pull people into the river and let drawn.
Sometimes he helps drawn people.

Maybe, he just wanted to realized by human and become friend.

Kappa needs water to live.
If the plate on his head get dry, Kappa get weak and may die.
He went to the river and water replacement.

Few minutes walk from the river, the brass band was having a small concert.

In this sunny and really hot day, brass band was playing many funky numbers.

The temperature was 33℃ (91.4ºF) this day. The summer just started, but it was so hot!!

The boy was little bored and didn't aware that trumpet player is coming near.

Got little surprised and people laugh.

What a fun festival!!
They brought a lot of dreams.

The URL below is the official site. The site was Japanese only, but you may can feel how fun and happy the festival is, so please take a look.

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Please visit again!

松本, 大道芸, ブラスバンド, 河童


Street Performance. Was it a dream or were am I half asleep? No.1 (Matsumoto / 松本)

In Matsumoto, the festival for street performer is held once in two years.
Last Sunday was the day. I saw a lot of performer in every where in the city.

I took a lot of pictures, so I will show them here in few days separately.
The first performer is Puppet performer.
There are a puppets in all over the world and same as in Japan, too.

This performer's skill is started from Edo era, more than 200 years ago.
(In some information said started in year 1635.)

I have found the performer's English homepage, so please take a look if you are interested in.

I couldn't get in time for first act, so sorry but I can't explain it...

The second act was "Shishi-mai", the lion dance.
Shishi-mai is said came from India, passing China.

For true performance, real man wears Lion mask, and dances.
In dividing largely, there are two kinds of lion dance.
Difference is dancing in one or two people.

His performance was latter one.

Please remember, what he is doing is puppet performance!!

At the end of acting Shishi-mai, the lion bites audience's head.
This is charm to against evil. The people who got bitten by the lion can avoid bad luck and they won't get sick.

I will introduce more and more performance later.
If you liked this report, please visit my blog again.

Thank you for reading!!
Good night!!

松本大道芸, 松本, あやつり人形, 江戸