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Friday, April 20, 2012
Stroll on the streets provides wondrous feats for passersby to behold
By TOMOHIRO OSAKI
Even the most determined cynics aren't going to be able to avoid staring in awe at the wondrous feats that this weekend's annual Yokohama Street Performance is preparing to throw at them.
The Japanese title for the event uses the word "daidogei," which refers to street performances, particularly from the Edo Period (1603-1867). These consist of juggling, dancing, Chinese acrobatics and more.
One of the highlights will be Cru Cru Cirque, a group of four young men who combine their pantomimic ability with dancing, arts and circus performances in the hopes of creating stage shows that have never been seen before.
With wadaiko (Japanese drum) and shamisen musical performances also on the roster, the festival is abundant in opportunities for visitors to enjoy the folksier aspects of Japanese culture.
Yokohama Street Performance takes place at Minato Mirai 21, Yoshida-cho Street, Isezaki Mall and various other spots in Yokohama on April 21 and 22. For more information, call (045) 662-0931 or visit daidogei.jp/event/yokohama2012.