Kobe Matsuri 2017; Photo Highlights
The Kobe Matsuri (Festival) was held 5/19-5/21. The finale of the festival was the huge parade that was held on 5/21 near Sannomiya station.
|Port of Kobe group.|
The guy near the back looks like a real life Popeye.
|A typical festival costume. This kid was with a Japanese matsuri themed group with a home made omikoshi.|
|Miko, a shrine maiden.|
|A samba group.|
As a kids' English teacher, I often feel the way the this guy looks.
|A Samba team getting ready for the parade.|
|There were multiple samurai groups in the parade.|
|A kyudo (Japanese archery) club.|
|This group had large koi-no-bori (carp streamers).|
|A costume group. I like the enthusiasm of the grasshopper boy.|
|The parade had several marching bands.|
|This baton twirling group had really good synchronization.|
|Unicycles are really popular with kids in Japan.|
|Wedding planners have their own parade groups. The driver of this pedicab is streaming bubbles.|
|A yosakoi group doing the popualar "koi dance" in front of Ikuta shrine.|
|A marching band in front of Ikuta Shrine.|
|The Hyogo Red Cross has a Macy's style ballon.|
|The "Jedi Order" had a Star Wars theme.|
|This cosplayer does a good Chirrut Imwe (playe by Donnie Yen in Rogue One).|
|Yoda, Bobba Fett and R2D2.|
|Queen Amidala with her grandson, Kylo Ren. |
Kylo looks like he has had enough of the heat, his mask and this parade.
|Darth Vader and storm troopers in front of Ikuta Shrine.|
|A group of crane operators formed their own parade unit.|
This zebra crane is being driven by a man in a Kumamon hemet.
|The Myanmar group has a character that reminded me of the California Raisins.|
|Port of Kobe Tower mascot.|
|A blindfolded man riding a 2-meter unicycle juggling knives. |
The street performer market in Japan is getting competitive.
|The Vissel soccer team. The fan in the background looks really excited.|
|This group of performers put on an action show similar to the old Power Rangers.|
|A traditional Japanese dance group.|
|Okinawan style Eisa dancers.|
|A mixed group of various yosakoi teams.|
This person is dressed a Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, from Journey to the West.
|Gun weilding Hojo samurai with a nice watch.|
|Mother-son samurai team.|
|Korean ribbon dancers with their distinct spinning headgear.|
|A large group of cheerleaders.|
There was one girl who did not bother with dancing or shaking her pom-poms.
She got into cheer-leading for the long, leisurely walks.
|The Kobe Culture Center.|
The were performing Baroque dance in Versailles court costumes.
|Marie Antoinette and attendants.|
|Samba dancer. This group wore skin colored tights.|
|Wow, those are really nice... costumes.|
|Male samba dancer.|
|Male samba dancer.|
|This little samba dancer tired out early on.|
|Samba dancer who was especially adept at posing for photos.|