Photo of the Day: Into the Fray

Amanawa Jinja sits at the top of a hill, and it's a rather steep climb up a concrete staircase to get there. The festival takes place all along the steps, and I'm amazed there aren't more stair-related injuries. This was the first of the food booths, just at the landing to the first flight of … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Into the Fray

Photo of the Day: Heading to the Matsuri

To matsuri properly, one must invest in some traditional Japanese clothing. The kiddies in this photo are wearing yukata, or summer kimono made of cotton. Small kids and boys can also wear jimbei, a short-and-top combination. I'm a big fan of jimbei—they're fantastically comfortable—but I've been told it's not becoming of a grown, child-having woman … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Heading to the Matsuri

Photo of the Day: Amanawa Jinja Matsuri

Amanawa Jinja hosts one of the last bon festivals of the summer in this area. Being one of the last doesn't mean people are too tired to celebrate, however. The place was packed, and over the next few days, I'll post festival photos. I'm starting small today, with just the shrine's lanterns.

Photo of the Day: Tanabata

I'm a day late, but here is a wee post on Tanabata, the Star Festival. Tanabata celebrates the reunion of Orihime (the star Vega) and Hikoboshi (the star Altair), lovers separated by the Milky Way all year—except for the night of the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunisolar calendar. While some regions … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Tanabata