I just can't get enough of all the persimmons! I loooooooove persimmon trees (kaki): colour, shape, variety, sparsely leafed, full of foliage... I love them all! So you'll probably be seeing more persimmons before the season ends.
Japan loves its seasonal flowers, and one of the big ones for autumn is cosmos. So pretty.
You know it's fall when these red flowers start showing up. You also know it's time to get yourself to the family grave to do some tidying and paying of respects. Just don't touch them, or you'll end up in a certain amount of distress—they're poisonous.
Maybe I was sheltered as a child, but until I came to Japan, I had never seen a persimmon. I didn't even know what they were. In fact, until I was about 21 and had a friend purchase a "persimmon coloured" shawl, I had not even an inkling what "persimmon" might be. After that, I … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Persimmon Orange
Leaving the festival at Amanawa Jinja, I had hoped to get some video of the drummers at the entrance, but alas, they had packed up for the night. Only one yukata-clad woman was left, tidying up.
This poor fellow was sitting on the side of the road squeaking, and after I took some photos, promptly flew off, right into a wall. Methinks his days are numbered. But then, all cicadas are in the same boat at the moment.
The place for kids to buy useless junk that will break in a week, the toy booths at festivals are always overflowing with flashing knickknacks like swords, headbands and the like.
Another favourite food booth at festivals—yakitori, which is chicken on a stick (and other meats, too). Yakitori is delicious, but you have to watch out for the liver, cartilage and chicken skin ones... Unless, of course, you like that kind of thing.
Just look at them! All colourful and bright. Lannnternnns...
Festival-goers mill about between bon dance sets.