Monday, May 2, 2011
Mud Festival in Okinawa, Japan (15 Photos) One Pretty Girl
A field is flooded with water from tankers with plenty more kept on hand to keep the red clay nice and juicy.
If tossing a ball, swimming or splashing isn't enough fun for you, you can try riding a bicylce.
Sometimes their buddies do things, like throw rubber balls, to distract them.
Other kids, just get bored and work their mud-diving technique.
School is out for a whole week so, teachers join in and demonstrate their riding ability/agility. Hah!
But, he ended up making my favorite splash of the day.
When I went back to have another look at the mud I spotted my Grandson (center) and tried to get away before he spotted me. I was afraid he'd ask for a ride home. I would have said, "I'm walking, let's go."
If you'd like to find a Mud Festival, just memorize these words "Dorunku Asobu" and ask around.
They don't advertise these village events in any English language media, I've ever seen.
Dorunku Asobu, sounds like "Drunk" but, that's not what it means. It means playing in the mud.
They have festival foods, live bands and plenty of other things to do at these events, including a few people who actually go there to get drunk. I just go to take photos of the kids in the mud and if I see a pretty girl, by chance, I'll shoot her, too. And, I usually hide from my Grandkids !
For more about Golden Week in Okinawa:
APOGEE PHOTO MAGAZINE