Tuesday, October 14, 2008
day 287 - shishi & flutes
"Shichi" (variously translated as Lion, Dragon or Dog) is said to have lived on a mythical mountain in China. They can be seen in stone-form guarding the entrances to Buddhist temples, but also appear in dances in shinto festivals.
At our local festival we saw two dance/drama performances. In the first a brave boy hunts and fights the dragon/lion/dog. In the second the shishi pursues a boy for his flower...
One of the two very agile and skilled operators of the shishi.
Sadly, Shirasagi resident Ferra was consumed by the shishi at the After Party celebrations...
The dance was accompanied by a take (bamboo) flute orchestra of local kids taught by this 80+ gentleman who made this flute 60 years ago. Before he teaches the traditional tunes, he shows the kids how to select their own bamboo and make the instrument.
Rob gets an impromptu lesson from the master.