塩江区文化祭 – Shionoe Culture Festival

On Sunday was another culture festival, this one representing the community rather than just the school.

I was to participate in this one as a drummer with the Taiko drum group.  (Again, more on this later, as I don’t have any media to compliment a description yet…)  However, I was nearly late, woken up by them calling my cell phone.  I’ve been using my computer as a supplemental alarm clock lately, but I keep it on Michigan time, so that I can easily know the time there.   Due to the time change, and Japan no participating in it, my alarm was set to go off an hour later than expected.  I rushed to school.

Once I got to school, I met my group and we still had to wait a bit, so no problem at all.  I was still a bit uncertain about my song, since I hadn’t practiced it more than twice, and those times were 2 weeks apart.  However it went well all the same, despite having to perform without any sheet music.

The rest of the festival was a smattering of dancers, locals doing karaoke, miscellaneous musicians.  One of the highlights was an area dance group that was doing hip-hop style dance.  They are all under 6th grade, so it wans’t anything too impressive, but the parents ate it up.  Here are a few snippets of the festival below.

As I was leaving, there was a TV crew that interviewed me.  It was really casual, which was good since I know my Japanese was horrendous.  I guess it will be running on the public access channel for about a month.  Having already been on TV, I would say I’m doing pretty well here.  After the interview, we were all laughing really hard, since it just was so far some smoothing properly.  Bering foreign somewhere foreign is a lot of fun for sure!

This was a shot of the dance crew dancing, all ages involved in this number.

Here is another shot that I find very amusing.  The students are dancing to song that has a fair bit of unedited vulgarity to it, but there is no one there but me who would ever pick up on it.  The average age of the people in attendance was about 50 or 60, so I’m sure they were just wondering what sorts of corrupt western influences were coming to pollute their more traditional forms of art.

Last, here is one more clip of a karaoke set.  The man is the principal of my middle school, and there was a large student fan section that formed as well.

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