Basara Festival in Nara

Basara Festival was held in Nara on the last day of August. It was very hot today.

The "Basara Festival" is a festival with a focus on street dance that takes place in Nara, which began in the summer of 1999.
This is the summer festival of citizen participation which is full of live feeling. Dance teams are wearing elaborated costumes and unfold the performance dancing parade on some streets or at Todaiji-temple entrance or Nara park etc. From children to adult ,38 teams, about 1000 people of inside and outside Nara district participated this year.

           Ten teams dedicated their performance at the entrance of TodaijiTemple.

      They are students of a university in Osaka.

Basara is originally a trend that was popular in Kamakura period (about 13 century),Muromachi period(about 14 century) and that in such court dance and music remove the time signature on purpose to play freely, to stand out.
It's said that in Nanbokucyo era(about 14 century), flashy costumes frighten the human eye, stylish behavior represented extremely aesthetics, the values of the unquiet days and also became the buzzword of the day.

"Basara Festival" is a new summer festival of the ancient capital Nara revive the modern its power and energy.

   A hospital team-they are doctors.


     From " kids dance contest."

Costumes were made by yukata-kimono texture.

    Many deer and tourist were hanging around in Nara-Park as usual on that day,too.
    This girl was chasing a deer with breathtaking speed on the large grass, though usually even boys scare, surrounded by  many deer.
                                                           Do your best,Hooray!

I do aerobics or Latin dance some times a week. Dancing with music is excitement for me though I am still a beginner.
So I got energy and passion from young people who were dancing with a beam of delight. Thank you all performers!

Thank you for taking time and reading my blog, Friends!


19 件のコメント:

Rahul Bhatia さんのコメント...

A beautiful post giving details of rich culture of Japan, Sarah!

Minoru Saito さんのコメント...

沢山の写真 楽しく見させていただきました。

Forest Dream Weaver さんのコメント...

Beautiful series of photos Sarah,the colours are fabulous and look great against your blog background.
I love the girl chasing the deer....what a fantastic photo opportunity!
Thank you for sharing your festival.

Have a happy week,

Tomoko さんのコメント...


cosmos さんのコメント...

俊足の少女、きっとスター選手になるのでは。シカちゃんもびっくりしたことでしょう。(@_@) 楽しいスナップです。

Birgitta さんのコメント...

What a beautiful, wonderful series of photos!

Our photos さんのコメント...

Wow, so many different colored costumes ! Very nice !

NatureFootstep さんのコメント...

ah, so much fun. I would have loved being there watching!

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan さんのコメント...

Incredible dancers - charming, mesmerizing,colorful,acrobatic !

Spiderdama さんのコメント...

Very beautiful post! I am always impressed by your festivals. So many great colors. Great pictures of the girl dancing with a beam:-)

Hugs from north!

Wendy さんのコメント...

Beautiful costumes - thanks for sharing with us! I love your festivals and think it must be fun to watch.

I also do latin dancing or zumba for exercise a couple of times a week. It's fun to dance to music!!

stardust さんのコメント...


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Magia da Inês さんのコメント...

Fotografias maravilhosas do Festival.
A última foto é encantadora.
Ótimo sábado!!!

Bom fim de semana!

orchid Miyako さんのコメント...

Wow, Such AWESOME pictures of young ones dancing at the Basara Festival♡♡♡ How very fresh and active with great costumes(^_^)v
Thank you very much for sharing great pictures, Sarah-san

Sincerely from Yamaguchi, xoxo Miyako*

Kiran palwasha さんのコメント...

A very lively and vibrant post. I love that spotted deer and the bravo little girl chasing after deer.

Camila Rafaela Felippi さんのコメント...

I love dance and much more cultural dance. I think these really cool with colored clothes. Here in America we don't have much of that, especially in Brazil (here people dance almost naked, it's ridiculous, but what to do?)

Self Sagacity さんのコメント...

Beautiful! I can't believe all those colors and costumes.

retriever さんのコメント...

Wonderfull colorfull costumes
greeting from Belgium