大久保祭り 剣玉 マイケル・ジャクソン
Today, October 12, is a holiday, Health and Sports Day, (usually October 11, but moved to the 12th this year) and it is also the day of the Okubo Festival in the Okubo district of Tokyo's Shinjuku ward. Okubo is Tokyo's most prominent Korean town.
It was a perfect fall day with clear sunshine and cool breezes, and hundreds of people lined the streets to watch the festival.
The parade I was there to watch was particularly interesting for two reasons: 1. the kids at the front were playing kendama while, 2., the kids behind all danced to Michael Jackson!
Check out the YouTube video above of Japanese/Korean kids playing kendama to the sounds of the late King of Pop.
Buy kendama online!