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#POTW The Nagoya Domatsuri (street dance competition) 2014

It was on this weekend, but I didn’t go (I was preparing for the Vietnam trip I’m currently on). The Domatsuri (dance festival) is a great spectacular to watch, where typically 200 teams of between 30 to 50 members (it’s a big event) do a highly synchronised dance. The dance is performed on a stage, and a second routine is performed progressing along part of a road in the trendy Sakae shopping district. Many of the dance teams are community groups who enter every year, and typically these teams don’t vary their routines or costumes, which is why I’m a bit lukewarm about the event this year. But there are some teams that are in it to win, and they are truly worth watching. The link to this Domatsuri photo: 20110828_DSC5362.jpg. Past Domatsuri posts, and videos on the YouTube page.

POTW 19 Aug 2013: Domatsuri

The annual Nagoya Domatsuri (dance festival) is on this weekend, and so it’s the Photo of the Week. It usually attracts about and over 20,000 people in over 200 dance teams, and of course, many, many more spectators. Teams compete for prizes, but usually it’s just a hobby that brings community groups together.

For some info and history see previous Domatsuri blog posts, and for more Domatsuri photos see my agent’s website: Henry Westheim / Asia Photo Connection, and my Domatsuri gallery on my portfolio.

Participants in the annual Nagoya Domatsuri performing on stage, Nagoya city, Aichi, Japan

Participants in the annual Nagoya Domatsuri performing on stage, Nagoya city, Aichi, Japan

POTW: 27 Aug Nagoya Domatsuri

This Photo of the Week (POTW) is from the Nagoya Dance Festival (Domatsuri), which attracts over 250 teams teams mainly from the Nagoya area, as well as places far afield as Hokkaido and Kyushu, and, apparently, occasionally some international teams. See the domatsuri tag for more info, my Asia Photo Connection / Henry Westheim agent, and my PhotoShelter portfolios for more photos, and here for the most recent domatsuri video.


The annual Nagoya Dance Festival, locally known as the Nagoya Domatsuri, was held again this weekend. For details and history of the event, see this previous blog post about the Domatsuri. Whilst photos are still being processed you can browse last years photos, below.

Nagoya Domatsuri – Images by Andrew Blyth


Also, to whet your appetite, here is a video…

Summer events in central Japan

There’s a lot coming up in the coming hot & humid months.

  1. Nagoya Sumo Tournament, 10th to 24th July.
  2. Local town summer festivals begin (‘matsuri’).
  3. Fireworks season begins (‘hanami’).
  4. Yoyama Festival in Kyoto, 15th & 16th July.
  5. Kuwana City Stone-bringing Festival (Kuwana Ishidoria, the loudest festival in Japan), 3rd & 4th Aug.
  6. Word Cosplay competition, 3rd & 4th Aug.
  7. Nagoya Dance Festival (Nagoya Domatsuri), 26th to 28th Aug.

I’m quite busy and so I need to prioritise my schedule. Consequently, there’s no guarantee that I can go to these unless my services are pre-arranged.

Summer in Japan – Images by Andrew Blyth

Nagoya Domatsuri 2010

It’s taken a while, but they’re finally done being processed. Domatsuri images are available at both my Asia Photo Connection portfolio and my PhotoShelter account.

In case you’re wondering. The Nagoya Dance Festival (or ‘domatsuri’) is an annual event held in summer. It’s based on the Hokkaido version of the traditional Japanese dance and town festival. Hokkaido was first occupied by the Japanese a little over one hundred years ago, mostly by Japanese who were running from the law, had debts that couldn’t be repaid and so forth. The Sapporo (main city in Hokkaido) dance festival is an ecclectic mix of different dance styles, and because of its proximity it also has Chinese and kung-fu influences, too. Some university from Nagoya entered the Sapporo dance festival and imported it to Nagoya the following year. Soon after the City of Nagoya took it over and the Nagoya Dance Festival became bigger and well established.

Today, it retains it’s Sino-kung fu-Hokkaido-traditional Japanese dance styles, and attracts dance teams from all over Japan, including university teams, local townships, community groups, company sponsored teams, and this year the highly popular and local teen-music group SKE-48 (I briefly saw them at the end and couldn’t get any shots… dammit!). Over 200 teams a year enter, with an enrolment of over 23,000 participants. It attracts a TV viewing audience of nearly two million viewers.

My images are at my Asia Photo Connection and my PhotoShelter portfolios; ready for immediate purchase.

Nagoya Domatsuri – Images by Andrew Blyth

Nagoya Dance Festival video

I needed to mind my daughter today, the first day of the Nagoya Dance festival, known in Japanese as ‘Domatsuri’. The Nagoya Domatsuri is becoming the premier event of this type in Japan, even though the event was inspired by the Hokkaido Dance Festival, and is only a little more than 10 years old.

Since I couldn’t do any shooting, I took my little Sony Bloggie (professional grade bloggers video camera [insert sarcastic facial expression]), and recorded some performances. With a three year old leaning on me, and crowds getting in the way, this is the best vid’. I hope you get an idea of the high energy that performers put in. Annually, more than 23,000 performers take part from 3 years of age up to perhaps 80 or so. There are local town teams, university teams, and corporate sponsored teams. TV audiences are almost 2 million. It’s a big event.

I’ll be properly photographing this tomorrow (Sunday) when I can bring in my gear.

Nagoya Domatsuri

Next weekend is the Nagoya Dance Festival, or ‘Domatsuri’. I’ll be attending. Usually it’s either extraodinarily hot and sunny, and terrible to photograph in; or wet, humid, hot and terrible to photograph in. Wish me luck this year. The Nagoya dance festival is not a traditional town festival, nor traditional dance event. It was modelled on the Hokkaido event that the Nagoya university students attended, and were impressed by. Consequently, because of the Hokkaido influence, there are Sino-Japanese style dances, rock/pop influences, as well as more traditional or jazzed-up styles as well. It’s dynamic, and a feast for the eye. I always love to see the Kyoto University teams, they have time and depth-of-knowledge to dedicate in their preparations for this event. This is a must see for all tourists visiting Nagoya at this time of year.

My blurb for PhotoShelter portfolio gallery (shown below)

The Nagoya Dance Festival competition, known locally as Domatsuri is an annual summer event held at the end of August. Domatsuri was first organised by university students in 1999, and later taken over by the city. It now attracts over 200 teams with over 20,000 participants, with an audience of nearly 2 million viewers.?

As you can see it’s a big event, and a very big deal.  More information can be found at the Domatsuri webpage (in English). Below is the gallery available on my PhotoShelter portfolio, but more is also available at Asia Photo Connection (13 images available, see pages 5-6).

Nagoya Domatsuri – Images by Andrew Blyth