Wednesday, October 20, 2010

As It Is in Heaven

Temple Valley, Tsurumi, Yokohama - It was kind of like belly dancing at the Vatican (and not that there would be anything necessarily wrong with that). The eyes of everyone, including the nearby towering figure of Fudomyoo ("the destroyer of delusion and the protector of Buddhism"), was riveted on the scantily clad samba dancer as she came at the audience "in sections -- more curves than a scenic railway. She was bad. She was dangerous."* She was totally unexpected, especially here at Sojiji, the main temple of the Soto Zen Buddhist sect. Just as surprising, or not, Temple Valley and its immediate environs is home to quite a cosmopolitan community who were  the inspiration and participants of  this recent international festival at Sojiji Temple. While I only caught the samba act, out of a long list of international performers, it was all in all an enlightening experience.

Click on the picture to enlarge (you won't be sorry) and check out the guy in the white shirt who is covering his ears as he runs away from the samba performers.

*From the 1953 motion picture, The Band Wagon, starring Fred Astaire.

Here is the same performance captured on YouTube. Enjoy!

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  1. I wish I was there!

  2. Maybe another contestant for the ever popular "dancing with the stars"
    your biggest fan