|Local youths waiting for the competition to start.|
|A drum team posing for a group photo.|
Four friends and I went to the large nighttime drum festival held near Kadena Air Base off of Gate Two Street last night. It is an annual event which I also attended last year.
|Three Friends: (From Left) Daniel Murphy,|
Cynthia Page, and Nefredia Covington
|Local patrons in traditional Japanese dress.|
The music that the drummers marched to was taped, and much of it was centered on Okinawan banjos - loud, but rhythmic. (As the banjos began plunking, I kept expecting Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs to start signing "Come and listen to my story about a man named Jed!"
|The show and the crowds from the grandstand.|
The evening was capped off with a large fireworks display. The people in Asia love their fireworks, and the Americans always seem to be up for it also.