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Dancers wait for the start of festivities; Awa-odori, Kagurazkaka, Tokyo

I gave a photwalk and group lesson up in Kagurazaka the other week, on the evenings of the Hozuki Matsuri and the Awa Odori. This shot is from the latter, one of the biggest - if not THE biggest - festivals of traditional dance in Japan.

A superb evening, despite the early and rather torrential rain, with so many colourful and happy people to photograph.

Nikon D300

Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AF D @ f/1.8