Festival participants and goers have a rest between activities on the Zaimokuza side of Yuigahama Beach. Even festivals have down time.
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
I feel a bit cheeky [I think that deserves an emoticon —> (>.<)] posting this photo, and not just because "a baker's dozen" is an exaggeration. This is another photo from last summer's mikoshi (float) battle festival on the Zaimokuza side of Yuigahama Beach. For those unfamiliar with Japanese festival culture, men often wear fundoshi, … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Baker’s Dozen
Tattoo culture in Japan is *quite* a bit different than it is in many Western countries. And though times may be a-changin', with young'uns getting inked with seemingly increasing frequency, tattoes are still mostly considered to be a yakuza thing. Of course, that's a vast generalization—plenty of non-yakuza have them, too, particularly those whose work … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Inked