Photo of the Day: Helping Hands

It's festival season in Kamakura, with little goings-on happening all over the place. This past Sunday at the park by Yuigahama Beach, there were heaps of booths with activities, games, presentations, and, of course, food. One booth had a box of old-school toys in it, including some koma spinning tops. To play, you wrap a … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Helping Hands

Photo of the Day: Duelling Mikoshi

I've posted a few photos from this festival already, one of some fancy tattoos and one of some bare bums. I thought it was finally time to post a photo of what actually happens at the festival. Two mikoshi (portable Shinto shrines/divine palanquins), supported by local men and women, locked in "battle" in the ocean … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Duelling Mikoshi

Photo of the Day: Flying Kites II

The good kind of kite this time 'round! I believe this photo is from around Children's Day (Kodomo no Hi) in May of last year. Japan has a day for pretty much everyone, though how intensely they're celebrated varies wildly. There's a Girl's Day (Ohina Matsuri) on March 3rd. Families with daughters set out a … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Flying Kites II