Back in August there was the yearly Susukino Festival. They close off the streets in the entertainment district from 18 to 22 during three days, and instead of having lots of taxis blocking the streets you have lots of tables serving not very good food and cheap drinks. Our magic bar had a stand together with a yakitori place that has very good food.
|You run into lots of friends in the Susukino festival|
|The oiran in orange|
|Oiran in purple|
|Oiran wear very high geta (Japanese clogs) that are very difficult to walk in. They also have to walk in a certain complicated style.|
This year it only rained on day out of three, so financially I guess the Susukino festival this year was more successful than usual (it usually rains like crazy for at least two days). We had a pretty good spot, but a very small area.
|It rained a little the first day, but some people still stayed.|
Some reasons for disliking doing magic at the Susukino festival includes rain (ruins anything made of paper, like a deck of cards), strong winds (blows away cards, sponges, threads, paper money, anything light), no space to stand (very very crowded), people being completely unfocused (people they know pass nearby and start talking to their friends all the time), and much more. People are usually very happy and enjoy the magic, though.
|Students from my university dancing in the street|
There are other entertainments during the festival too. There is a yosakoi (team dancing) competition, and the team from my university was there of course. There are also karaoke competitions and musical performances. There are mobile temples being carried around too.
|This kid wanted to see "one more magic trick" for 5 hours, haha.|
|Doing magic to the son of a friend who went to the trick art museum with me in Tokyo.|
|New yukata on day two|
|Two people I kind of know|
|Tourists from Taiwan (?) with a selfie stick|
|My blond friend and his colleagues passed by|
|Mobile temples carried by thirty people trying to pass through the crowds.|
|The people I buy my cameras from stopped by our place, and then continued on to our bar!|
|I spent a ridiculous amount of time barfing cards out of my mouth to try to get passersby interested in our little stand|
|Yet another yukata on day three|