i went to the belly button festival (へそ祭り) in furano last nite. its a big and famous summer festival in japan. in fact, i met quite a few japanese from sapporo and tokyo who came to furano mainly for this event.
n lucky me! originally, i just planned to go to the festival n watch the well-known belly button dance (へそ踊り）. but then, by chance, from someone i learned that i could join the international team orginized by furano tourist association, and participate in the dance! so i did! n its great fun 😀
ever wonder why this festival is not called the belly festival but the belly button festival? this is all becuz of furano’s nickname. becuz furano is the center point of hokkaido, it is also called the belly button of hokkaido, n the town is very proud of this 🙂
the jap on the right came all the way from sapporo for this festival
my japanese teammates really like the belly painting of this guy. they said this is some kinda sumo related drawing…
its so hard for me to take pix while holding up the big heavy hat n dancing at the same time… plus i didnt want to make it so obvious that i wasnt putting all my effort dancing as a performer but taking pix like a tourist hehe
this is so cool haha. instead of belly painting, some jap r treating this festival more like a holloween 😀
last nite was the 40th belly button festival