I did it! ……Aoba-Matsuri Festival 2017

After being in Japan for just two short months I attended a festival with my co-teacher. We got word that one of our students would be dancing in the festival and we wanted to support her.  Festive it was! So many people, colors, and rich culture. As I enjoyed watching the people dance and chant I noticed a great number of foreigners were also participating in the festival. So me being the ambitious woman that I am, I had this crazy idea that I would make this one of my goals during my time in Japan.

Fast forward 1 year later. My dream did’nt come true within my first year. My original plan was to only be in Japan for 1 year. Well, that plan changed, and as I prepared to stay another year I immediately got to work on finding out how to dance in this very same festival.

It happened! With the help of my co-worker and the sweet parent of my student myself and my co-teacher were invited to dance with my students group in the Aoba-Matsuri this May! It got even better. Not only did my co-teacher and I participate, but every teacher in my school joined the fun! The more the better!  Here is the proof!! LOL

All smiles before the action began!

We had about 30 min to learn the “sparrow dance.” We had no idea what we were doing but we were excited!

Waiting for the dance to begin.

This precious little girl gave her all in the rehearsal! When it came time to actually do the dance, this is what happened! LOL! She woke up as soon as we finished. All praise to her mother who carried her the entire time and still managed to dance!

We were focused and ready to give it our all! Don’t we look like it?? Good job Michelle and Lindsey!

At this point I decided to give it my all! I was in my zone. All smiles!

The Sendai Sparrow dance was reconstructed by a dance company from a traditional entertainment that had been lost for a long time. The original sparrow dance is derived from the dance improvised by the stonemasons at the feast for the construction of Sendail Castle about 400 years ago.  You can read about the dance here.

Two of my students parents alongside of me helping me to blend in! lol

Moving through the parade to continue our dance to the other side of the crowd!

Yup! We were still trying to figure it out without looking too obvious.

My student in front of me. It was his first time dancing as well!


……and After!

We had the best time! It really made the difference to have some many wonderful people to share it with. Mission Accomplished!

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