|Right after the parade, stilt-walkers gather by the stage.|
So after the first taiko class this morning, a small group of us plus some kids from one of our classes got dressed up in happi coats (or yukata, as in my case) and went down to dance in the street with the various Afro-Brazilian drumming groups! The weather wasn't ideal but we had fun. (Lots of wind and some blowing dust from an impending rain storm! But luckily it wasn't cold, around 68 F). We didn't stay for the whole day, we were just there for the parade. The kids wanted to be back for the 2:30 taiko class. So of course I dressed up in yukata 'cause that's what I do when I want to be festive. So here I am in my brightest and most colorful yukata ensemble yet!
|Inside the dojo, you can see a bit of a homemade banner someone created several years ago.|
|Orange and yellow yabane tabi socks!|
|I wore two kasane-eri (layering collars) for an extra festive look!|
All of these photos were taken after we got back to the dojo, so I had dust in my ears and my hair looked a little disheveled, but not too bad considering the wind.
Next weekend is Matsuri in Phoenix, so I may wear this yukata again since I love the color so much. I'll be there for both days I think, so I will try to take lots of photos!