Latin Festival in Toyama (2)(Sep 15&16, 2012)

Failed to write, this is an official blog of Latin Festival in Toyama
Link(only Japanese)

From the entry 1. Around the evening, dances have started on the stage. Very neat.

Another dance.

Greeting from the dancers.


Inca Cola(golden colour, slightly sweet. Perhaps 150 yen) and Linguiça (sausage) which Japan-Brazil Friendship Association members were baking. There was a friendly Japanese-Brazilian lady and we talked a while, got an invitation to join to association.

The head of association himself was baking them. 400 yen and very juicy.

Later on my way home, bought guarana juice(150 yen, perhaps). Ordinary taste.

Accompanied with such food and drinks, listened the live of WAYNO. It’s a folklore band consists of one Japanese and Latinamericanos such as Peruvian. I’ve known them from several years before, but not having chance to hear them play. This stage’s PA was not good enough, so couldn’t hear what they were talking in MC, although the play was terrific.

Luis Vircherrez(quena, zampona)
Francisco Rodriguez(guitar)
Leider A Dorado(charango)
Cesar Fereira(percussion)
Hideji Taninaka(bass)

Last year’s play. It was raining.

WAYNO’s flag taken in daytime.

The band, playing.

Full of crowd.

In the last part, dancers appeared before came again. Not well taken, this is a best shot.

My new sneakers were not fit, pain in my feet, got back to souvenir shop and bought this. About 200 yen or 300 yen. Nazca Geoglyphs carved in small stones. Hummingbird was so normal, I thought , so chose Owl man.

Actual Nazca Geoglyph From “YUSUKE’s blog”

So I’ve bought garana juice in Brazilian stand, took a Centram and went home. I’ve missed to taste lots of things, maybe will try next year.

Lastly, garana juice.


Latin Festival in Toyama 1 (Sep 15th&16th, 2012)

Finally I have a time to write proper post because I’ve done two language exams!

I have been interested in this festival from before, and this 3rd time, it was not held at Kansui Park (the north exit side of Toyama Station) where I’m not hanging around, instead Grand Plaza next to Daiwa Department Store. So I went to see what was going on. As there are lots of photos, two entries.

Went to Kinokuniya Book Store in Daiwa, paid fee for Spanish exam.

Around the time I went(3pm), brass band performance was over, but seats were quite occupied enough you cannot find the seat to sit easily. And seats were full later…

These are seats quite in front. This sort of flag is of WAYNO, folklore band. I’ve known them from some time ago, and was looking forward to listening to them on live.

First, you buy food ticket of 1000 yen, equivalent of 1100 yen. Then bought Cusqueña, Peruvian beer, and Pão de queijo, cheese bread from Brazil.

Thus I wandered around shops in pleasantly drunken mood.

I’ve promised the shop owner man to introduce his shop on the net, but sorry, the name of the shop cannot be seen! OMG. Really sorry. He was so kind and generous.

There were so many souvenirs of Andes, among of them I’ve purchased a key ring of zampoña. It’s like a pan flute, and you can play this small key ring! About 300 yen. My favourite instrument.

People gathering to the shop.

Later, I’ve found an arpa! It’s south american harp, and its tone is brighter than western one.

Also, some drums.

A stuffed alpaca, so fluffy.

I went back to this shop later on(in Part 2).

There was also an instrument shop selling quenas, cross flutes, guitars, charangos (sort of guitar) and Latin CDs. As a former (western) flute player, I was eager to play quena and zampoña, only to fail. I can emit a slight tone, but that’s all. I really wanted Latin CDs if my budget permitted…

A guitar.

If the owner comes back next year, even I cannot buy instrument(then I will need to practice), would buy something else.

Go back to foods. I cannot remember what it was, some mincemeat was in and it was fried.  Some kind of croquette?

The things listed here I almost missed because the Brazilian sausage I ate later was so giant, anyway they sold foods like this.

As the night approaches, on the stage they are more energetic. One thing to complain, it cannot helped because it’s (half) outside, this Grand Plaza is not suitable for listening to live music performance…but I’m just a listner, not a professional.

Still I enjoyed dances and music of several countries. Will write soon.