The Kanaya Tea Festival is the more important for being held only every two years!
It is held on the second week end of April for two days, meaning that the ladies and girls of the whole town parade no less than 4 times during that time!
I arrived at Kanaya Station on Sunday and although the parade is held a bit away from it you knew what was going on!
The welcoming committee!
Our bunch of 7 visitors, including 6 expats, was duly invited to pose with the welcoming party for the official photo album!
All ladies from the town participated to the whole festival!
As for the little ones, they did need some help!
A small dance party of cha musume was on show in front of the Station all day!
No less than three generations!
Participants, especially adults, were busy with preparations of the floats for the evening. Unfortunately Shizuoka City is quite a long way and I couldn’t stay at night… Probably for the best as I would have had to stay overnight with all that drinking going on! LOL
Busy, busy, busy!
Fixing the lanterns to light up the night!
Well, these hadn’t waited to practice drinking!
And those veterans definitely enjoyed the respite!
All under the watchful eyes of the organizers?
Cha Musume Pageant!
Alright, ladies! Get ready!
Let me help with those knots!
Not the way the dancers were carrying their belongings!
Over 1,000 dancers all set!
during that time onlookers were busy feeding themselves! Takoyaki!
Tea leaves massage!!
Dance step 1?
Dance step 2?
Dance step 3?
One little cha musume forgot to turn around!
Dance step 4?
Dance step 6?
Never too young to start!
In two years time these little girls will be veterans!
My favorite dancer of the day!
And I left to the sound of two strong lady drummers!
In two years time I’ll make sure to stay there all nigh!
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