Tempozan World Performance Festival
The World Performance Festival is an annual event held every year during the 3-day weekend in mid-September (during Respect for the Aged Day).
Kaiyukan is across the bay from USJ, so this is a popular place for tourists. That means that the Tempozan Plaza is a popular place for street performers who vie for that tourist money.
Since about 2010, there has been a formal competition in which audiences vote for performers (with tokens that you must pay for). The top two performers are presented with a prize and prize money.
There are a number of performers who are scheduled to perform at specific times and stages around the market area. Performances usually only last about 20 minutes.
There is a lot of overlap in the variety of performance types; jugglers, balloon artists, acrobats and mimes. But these are types of performances that everyone can enjoy despite language barriers. A number of these performers have appeared on television variety shows and performance events all over Japan.
As a kids' English teacher I think that it is useful to see how professional performers interact with audience and manage crowds and if you can pick up a few balloon art tricks you can make a big splash a school parties.
|Balloon dragon by Syan.|
|Balloon dragon in front of Tempozan ferris wheel and the Tempozan Marketplace.|
|An elaborate balloon sculpture of a dragon.|
The balloons are prepared in a way that initially presents the dragon as an egg.
|A fun version of the balloon hat.|
|Syan presenting his balloon phoenix. Similar to the dragon in that they both start as eggs.|
|A phoenix, which usually has a rainbow tail in the Japanese tradition.|
|A performing mime with LED shoes.|
|Syan wearing a shishimai costume.|
|A little girl who freaked out when the shishimai came along.|
|This juggler was one of the rare female performers.|
|Juggling fire at night.|
|There were multiple performers using the tall unicycles.|
This photo captures the Tempozan ferris wheel in the background.
|The Kikyo Brothers juggling as a human tower.|
|Most performers will call for volunteers from the audience.|
|The Kikyo Brothers with a type of juggling yo-yo that is popular in Japan.|
|The performers poses for a group photo after the finale.|
First place when to Syan. Second place to Leo.
|Kaiyukan Aquarium at night.|
|Temposan ferris wheel displaying a full assortment of colored LED lights.|
|Tempozan Ohashi bridge.|
|A ship that provides brief tours around Osaka Bay.|
Syan - a balloon artist
Gonzo- the tambourine master