On sunday we went to what I can only call a dance-off! It is actually a style of dancing called yosakoi and is a traditional summer dance. It is highly energetic and combines traditional Japanese dance movements with modern music. The choreographed dances are performed in large teams with a "caller" shouting out prompts on a microphone. I have to say, it was pretty spectacular and team after team took their turn to dance the length of Omotesando dori in beautiful costumes in the sweltering heat, without breaking their smiles once.
Everyone was out to view it, including yukata-clad youths (yukatas are cotton kimonos worn in the summer by both men and women).
I love these beautiful traditional hats
A team preparing to dance. Each team consisted of men and women and some even had tiny children joining in.
Most dance teams had a flag waver that followed up the rear. It was quite an amazing sight to see their massive flags being whipped around dramatically.