The Koiya Festival is a team dancing event held in Osaka.
This year the event is being held at Osakajo Koen station from 9/9-9/10.
The performance are based on Yosakoi style dancing (that is why the festival shares the "koi" element of its name).
|Teams have different themes and costumes.|
|Dance performances usually have an ending pose that is suited well to still photography.|
|I like the pose and foot positioning in this photo. |
Note the tabi boots that many of the performers wear.
|I like the individual variation in facial expressions here.|
|This group from Hokkaido has some wild-eyed members.|
|This group is always a hit with the crowd when they strip down to their fundoshi (Japanese loincloths).|
|I like this photo because the guy in the front has a head that seems to be Photoshopped onto his body because of the difference in size, skin color and exaggerated expression.|
|It can be hard to capture dancers in motion without blurring but like the way that her hair is caught between the camera and the colored lights.|
|A cheerleader style display of gymnastics, if only I had set my camera to high shutter speeds I may have been able to get some better shots.|
|This group looks like villains from Samurai Jack.|
|Outfits inspired by kabuki makeup.|
|This dancers really have expression faces while they are dancing.|
Most yosakoi dancers paint there faces to look more dramatic and expressive.
|I like this pose, it would fit well on an action movie poster.|
|The dancer here looks as if he is casting a voodoo curse on someone.|
|In a Mortal Kombat game, this would be the part where they cut some in half with their hat.|
|I like the way that the hand positioning compliments the various facial expressions for these poses.|
Note the narako, hand clappers, that the dancers use in yosakoi.
|The all male cheerleader team had a lot of power for high throws and pyramids.|
|They all have a sort of Justin Bieber quality to their hairstyles.|
|Nicely sychoronized poses here.|
|She looks like the Wendy's mascot.|
|The diversity of hair styles make this look like a Final Fantasy cutscene.|