Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bouzu Meets, 2014

The weekend of Oct. 18th was really busy, event-wise. We had Bouzu Meets Fes, Kagoshima Asia, Birth of Tenmonkan, KKB Day and the Wine Fest 4. Some of them overlapped so much that I ended up missing a large portion of the stage performances, which apparently were mostly singing and dancing. I've seen all of these events before, so I knew what to expect.

"Bouzu" is the Japanese name for a Buddhist priest. The main Buddhist temple is Honganji, between Tenmonkan and Central Park. They have kind of an "outreach" program where a priest will answer questions on a local radio station, and they also host an event day on the temple grounds once a year in the Fall. This year, it was on the 18th. There were about 20 booths selling food, drinks and local crafts. One booth was run by Aloha restaurant, selling grilled chicken for 300 yen ($3 USD). I bought a piece. It was pretty good, but I would have liked a little more chicken for the price.

One of the priests stood by the front entrance and offered some kind of ashes for people to anoint/purify themselves with.

One booth allowed visitors to dress up as priests and nuns.

Last year, Bouzu Meets had a stage set up in the parking lot where a radio announcer interviewed several priests on a live broadcast, and I was expecting to see that again this time. Instead, the temple had the music inside the main building. Here we have the a Capella group, Atorie Nowa-ru (Atelier Noir?).

There was kind of an outdoor space for music, but it was under-utilized.

The next group consisted of about 10 musicians doing a traditional flute and drum song to accompany a Chinese-influenced dance.

The drum on the right is a lot more elaborate than what I've seen before.

The dancer. He has a very strong dragon motif here.

The event continued until 9 PM. One of the booths had been selling handmade candles, and these may be from that shop.

1 comment:

TSOTE said...

Follow up: The performer in the orange costume and mask, plus the musicians, belong to the Kagoshima Gagaku Kai (Gagaku Association). Gagaku is a very old form of Japanese court music imported from China, and the word itself translates to "elegant music". You can see the English wiki entry here, but the Japanese page has the better pictures.