There is much to tell about our time in Japan. It was fun, tiring, chaotic, fantastic, wet, unbelievable, thrilling, hot, exhausting and just so many other things. At some point, preferably soon, we will try to write about it but at the moment I think we’ll let the photos speak. Due to lack of internet we couldn’t upload many while away and so, now that we are back home again, here you go, Japan in photos.
Photo exhibition at Arlanda Airport.
Häggsson sisters at Dubai Airport
Transferring in Dubai.
In Japan at last! Group shot with Sesshu
Iruka? and Guntai at Osaka International Airport
Sightseeing in Okayama and Kurashiki
Iruka?, Guntai and WHOlock at the train station
Amigu and Park on the train
Zyka’s first karaoke!
We met up with Basho, one of our old members who is now working in Okayama! Here with Oushou and WHOlock.
Dinner together with Sesshu and his father Tanuki. Here with Oushou and WHOlock.
A rainy visit to Korakuen, one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens, together with Sesshu and his father Tanuki.
And then it was time for watching the performances!
At the Uraja festival in Okayama face-paintings are very important. And of course, smiling as well!
Dancers at Uraja festival in Okayama
Dancers at Uraja festival in Okayama.
In the evening we watched the big firework show, and did an interview for Yomiuri Shimbun on the same time.
And the next day it was time for us to dance, not as Zyka but as a part of an open team. Here WHOlock and Oushou during dinner break
Sesshu and his father during dinner break.
It rained a lot in Okayama. Here Guntai and Komachi seeking cover for a bit.
And then we were supposed to leave for Kouchi, except all trains and buses were cancelled due to the typhoon. So we stayed in Okayama and practised.
Oushou inspecting the others dancing.
We got to try our new flags for the first time! In the background you can see Okayama castle.
Two days after we originally planned we could finally leave for Kouchi.
We took the train half way were a bus came and picked us up. Here the Häggsson sisters waiting for the bus to arrive.
Oushou with the bus that came to pick us up. It had our name on it! Many thanks to Mr. Nishimori for arranging it.
The road to Kouchi, it rained a lot during some parts.
Once in Kouchi we started of with practice, this time together with the two students of Kouchi University who were to dance with us at the festival.
And during whatever spare time we had we fixed the last bits of our costumes. Even though we had the actual costumes order made there were still some things that needed to be fixed.
In Kouchi we were treated with dinner by Mr. Nishimori. It was a fantastic dinner and we all received beautiful coral bracelets, one of Kouchi’s specialities.
The next day we had the chance to meet the Governor of Kouchi prefecture. Here together with Sanomiya and Sesshu waiting for the taxis coming to collect us.
When we arrived we were greeted with this banner, we felt almost like some sort of stars.
Together with the Governor (middle of the front row), Mr. Nishimori (middle of the back row) and two professors of Kouchi University (to the right of the Governor).
Beside the glamorous stuff we also had a truck to decorate for the parade. Here Iruka? and Satsui paining Midwinter.
Peanuts and Amigu doing the team logo.
There was an article about us in the local newspaper on day.
Sanomiya together with Amigu, sawing, and Park, holding the umbrella.
Satsui doing the details on Springtime.
We ate most of our meals in the University cafeteria.
WHOlock and Amigu, our first flag team, practising with the flags.
Katsuta, a student of Kouchi University who helped with the painting as well as danced with us during the festival.
When the painting was done we went for some sightseeing in Kouchi together with some of students of Kouchi University. Here Oushou in front of the Yosakoi shrine, praying for the rain to stop.
Back at the University Sesshu and Katsuta were working on putting the different parts of the trucks decorations together.
Like this! Here is the first parts of First Snow and Midwinter put together.
Some parts of First Snow and Midwinter put together in the front with Springtime in the back of the photo.
Iruka? and Guntai inspecting the progress with Sesshu in the back.
Kouchi is really a Yosakoi city, there are even the image of Naruko in the pavement!
Sceptical Guntai in the house we stayed in at Kouchi University.
Of course we trained as well. The University were kind enough to let us use a practice room so we could practice even when it was heavy rain.
On the 9th of August the dancers from Trump arrived. During lunch some of us went to the Honiya store in the arcade where we were lucky enough to get to speak with the store’s vice store manager! She is a very kind and nice person whom we hope to meet again.
Oushou and Peanuts together with Kunpei Izumi, designer in Honiya, at the Honiya store. We were very honoured to be able to greet members of such a famous team. Thanks for taking the time to talk with us!
Mendel, Iruka?, WHOlock, Oushou, Peanuts and Maru at the Honiya store. We also got the chance to met Mayumi Izumi, the store manager.
We received T-shirts, pretty paper bags and booklets from the movie “You Dance With the Summer”, in which Honiya participates, at the store. As we are all big fans of both the movie and of Honiya it made us very happy!
To be continued!