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Mikoshi Festival

by kawaii_ninja:hellokitty.com

August 2010

A mikoshi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoshi) is a portable shrine used in Japanese Shinto traditions.  A bunch of groups from the community make the shrines and then decorate them elaborately, sometimes in very traditional themes, others in very modern motifs, like based on anime or manga, e.g. Neon Genesis Evangelion.   Then, like in this particular festival, there is a dance contest of sorts where the groups try to outdo each other by lofting the shrine from side to side in beat with the music.  It’s fun to watch and I’m told even more fun to participate in.

Not my best photos ever…


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 I also uploaded some video I took of the festival and put them together into a Dream Studio presentation.

http://video.sanriotown.com/video/c1cc7a8550508398

GenCon 2010 Part 2

by kawaii_ninja:hellokitty.com

Well, onto the rest of my GenCon trip.

  Some awesome costumes.

Cloud vs. a red dragon.

From the True Dungeon, it’s a person trapped in a Gelatinous Cube.

Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day & Robin Thorsen from The Guild.

The Indianapolis state capitol.

At the Indianapolis Zoo.

There is a pretty garden next door to the zoo.

Picture Gallery with Pixa.us

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