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.
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!
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.
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
Lanterns are one of my favourite parts of summer festivals. And Amanawa Jinja has a nice collection of bright, colourful lanterns.
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
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.