My town has a branch of Uwajimaya, the local Chinese market. Every year, they bring a group of Lion Dancers sometime near the Chinese New Year. Sunday was the day! It is a Lunar New Year celebration to bring good luck and happiness for the coming year.
Feather and I met there. We arrived an hour early in order to sketch the special displays. We sat at a cafe table and both sketched this display with Lion masks. We gathered some on lookers! A mother and son were particularly interested. They had questions and we had fun talking with them.
Once the Lion Dancers arrived, we packed up and went outside to watch. I brought the “good” camera…. the Canon DSLR. I put that puppy on continuous shooting (in a film camera it was called motor drive!) and fired away during the Lion Dance. I came home with 160 images, which were culled heavily down to 26. I also shot video with my Nexus 5 (phone). All the photos are here.
They went into the store and paraded up and down all the aisles.
Once that excitement was over, I went back into the market to sketch the large dragon sculpture that hangs from the ceiling. He is there all year long.