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.
Summer is coming to an end, and beach house season, too. It was nice while it lasted, but it will be good to have the beach quiet again.
Thai Mura, the food court of Yuigahama Beach. "No tattoos allowed", according to the sign (pretty normal for Japan), but the night we were there, a fellow with quite a nice black tiger tattoo taking up half his back seemed to be purposely showing it off. Not surprisingly, no one did anything. I didn't feel … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Beach House
Oh, how I love summer sparklers.
We took today off. It's been a busy summer season, which is fantastic. But it means we haven't had a chance to try any of the beach houses set up for July and August. Today was our chance. Of course, it poured rain and was windy, so our first choice was closed. Instead, we checked … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Beach House
I think the first time I saw one of these, it was flying wildly through the air before crashing into me. Cicada-human collisions aren't all that uncommon from mid-August on, but they're still kind of freaky. Happily, this cicada (and his wall buddy... and the dozens of others making a racket in the garden next … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Evening Cicada