Ueno Natsu Matsuri Parade

The Ueno Natsu Matsuri or Ueno Summer Festival, around Shinobazu Pond, was held on July 11 to August 2, 2009.  A variety of events and stage performances are scheduled during this three-week festival, such as paper lantern floating, yukata photo session, ice sculpture presentation, potted plant fair and more.

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One of the highlights of the festival was the very popular parade of Japanese folk dances held along the very wide Ueno Chuo-dori Avenue.

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The parade lasted over 2 1/2 hours and featured a wide variety of participants including marching bands ..

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… and dancing maids.

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How about Samba dancers you ask?  Well, this parade has it – FTW!

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Of course, there were lots of Japanese folk dancers in more traditional wear.

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Music is important in any parade and there were lots of Japanese drummers in colorful costumes.

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Some musicians preferred to ride in style instead.

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There were also a few floats …

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… and animals, such as panda bears and even a lion.

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A mikoshi (portable shrine) was carried  by the towns people at the end of the parade.

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Finally, some of the participants performed at the nearby Bentendo hall after the parade.

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More videos can be found on my YouTube page.

8 thoughts on “Ueno Natsu Matsuri Parade

    • Yes, we did attend this festival but only to see the parade just outside the Ueno station. I think the ice sculptures was held on another day so we didn’t see it.

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