Hirafu Matsuri Delivers August 21 2011, 12:12pm via studio343.jp

After a doubtful start to the day with heavy downpour threatening the festival the sun returned, stalls were relocated moved to drier grounds and the festival went on.
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Hirafu Matsuri
Young and old turned out in large numbers making this years festival a huge success.
Hirafu Matsuri
One of the activities that really united the festival goers was the Bon Odori Dance – in this Bon Odori Panorama you can see the dancers making their way around the festival tower in unison.
There were a huge number of food stalls providing an amazing array of international foods from traditional Japanese festival BBQ to Indian and french flavors.
One of the more spectacular events of the festival was the Mochi and Candy toss where people scrambled to grab as much as they could.
Hirafu Matsuri
Hirafu Matsuri

There was a brief spell of rain which sent everyone in search for cover but this didn’t last long before the fire was raging.
Hirafu Matsuri
Hirafu Matsuri

The Yotei Taiko Drumming group fired up the crowd with a typically energetic performance and i did my best to get down the front and stay low to shoot this Yotei Taiko Panorama unfortunately i didn’t have space to move my big head out of the way !!
I put my camera away for the final fireworks display and enjoyed the moment with my wife and friends.
Thanks to everyone who contributed towards producing the event i had an awesome time – cheers.