Amanawa Jinja, which enshrines Amaterasu, the sun goddess, is the oldest shrine in Kamakura.
Photo of the Day: Closing Time
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.
Photo of the Day: Toy Store
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.
Photo of the Day: Yakitori
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.
Photo of the Day: I Just Can’t Get Enough Lanterns!
Just look at them! All colourful and bright. Lannnternnns...
Photo of the Day: A Break from Bon
Festival-goers mill about between bon dance sets.
Photo of the Day: Rising Above
Looking back from the first landing of the Amanawa Jinja staircase. To the side was a bon dance area, but my timing was off and they were on break. Too bad, as I love bon dances!
Photo of the Day: As You Like It
Okonomiyake—as-you-like-it pancakes—are a favourite festival food, though Hisashi is adamant that okonomiyake doesn't taste any good when eaten as street food. Still, it makes for a beautiful booth.
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: Lanterns
Lanterns are one of my favourite parts of summer festivals. And Amanawa Jinja has a nice collection of bright, colourful lanterns.