October 15, 2009
Step in Time
Here are the women of Ayame again. They are carrying something called a Dashi.
This is a ornamented float that people carry around during the festivals. Each district has their own traditional dashi, which members carry together and display with great pride.
Usually it's the men who carry the dashi on their shoulders, as it is quite heavy. But the group Ayame, coming from the kanji 'colorful' and 'women' (彩女), is an all-women association. So this is a photo of the energetic women carrying the dashi. They all shout in time to the rhythm of the drums while moving forward slowly in synchronized steps. With the audience participating by shouting out or whistling, it's really very festive.