I went to the Musikfest NARA again. This year, it is being held from May 7th to June 3rd, a month earlier than last year. Of course, my aim was seeing “Songs and laughter of Okinawa” concerts, which were held on May 26th and 27th.
Because it was held one month earlier, I was able to enjoy the concerts in the refreshing air before the rainy season. In the daytime, drinking Orion Beer in the open air was great! (H.S)
On the first day, it began with Okinawan classical dance
”THE SAKISHIMA meeting"
They are a really nice duo, of whom I am a fan.
Yukito Ara from Ishigaki Island
Isamu Shimoji from Miyako Island
It is called Sakishima combining Ishigaki Island and Miyako Island.
Members of ”Ryukyu-koku Matsuri Daiko" Nara branch
They always perform powerful Eisa (Okinawan traditional performance).
”Yui Yui Sisters"
Although the group name is ’sisters’, actually the two members facing the observers’ right are mother and daughter.
In Okinawa, it seems like there are many groups who perform with family.
The last performer was ”DIAMANTES".
They were just perfect for summer and so exciting.
It was held in Kasugano-enchi, where is located in the back of Nara Park and has view of Mt. Wakakusa behind it. The performers were impressed with such a beautiful location.
A deer was alone near Sarusawa-Ike Pond.
It was standing frozen, because a big dog on a walk was coming this way.
Of course, the dog was on the lead, but I could feel the tension of the deer.
Animals usually look relaxed and easy, but they may have many cares.
The Great Buddha of Nara.
I saw it this year again.