Tag Archives: dance

November 09

The spirit of dance

I spied these unusual dancers and musicians on a recent visit to Ise Grand Shrine in Ise, Mie Prefecture.  They are performing gagaku, a style of ceremonial court music and dance. This art is inherently religious and is only performed at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo and at very select Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples […]

November 11

Yo-sa-koi~

Add crowds, a plethora of food stalls and pumping music to a riot of colourful costumes with a dash of city pride, and what do you get?  The two days of fun times that is the Tsu Matsuri (祭 – festival). Tsu might be a small and very quiet town, but, come the long weekend […]