From a recent trip. I had the good fortune to witness a traditional Japanese wedding. These things are always pretty cool to watch.
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This was taken during a festival. Late summer festival, if I remember right. There were several groups of kids dancing for a competition. They all did a heck of a job. This girl jumped out at me as being especially energetic and into it.
It’s not so common to see traditional Japanese clothing these days. Sometimes you see old women going about their daily errands in kimono, but that’s about it. The exception to this is festivals. At festivals everyone gets out their yukata (summer kimono) to wear. It makes for some very colorful events!
You know, I forget what the guy was balancing. A lantern probably. It obviously didn’t make much of an impact on me. This is from the same festival as this dancing girl I posted before
Summer festival time!
There is always at least one person fishing in the river, usually older guys. I wonder if that towel was enough protection from the sun. Continue Reading →
Most people in Japan rarely cross a street when the crossing light is red. It’s just not to be done. I always get stares when I look both ways, see no car, and cross. I was even screamed at by an old man recently “What are you doing – the light is red, you can’t cross!” despite the fact that there wasn’t any car in sight.
A young dancing girl in a kimono doing a traditional dance to traditional music. A nice festival I discovered by surprise. Many neighborhoods in Japanese cities still keep old traditions alive from when they were smaller towns, including local festivals.
Over the last month the local farmers finally started planting their rice fields. The guy I caught below was a bit behind, not doing his fields until last weekend (they ones you see were not his, but rather ones planted a few weeks before). They like to get them planted before rainy season hits, so this guy was cutting it close! Continue Reading →
Last week I posted a shot of some older guys bashing the taiko drum; today a look at the little drummer girl who was helping out.
Taiko (太鼓) are a kind of traditional Japanese drums. Have you ever listened to them before? The performances are really something to see. Everyone plays in complete unison, down to using the exact same hand and arm gestures. I have no idea how much practice goes into this, but I imagine it is a lot!
I think that is a cell phone he’s holding anyways. The latest crop from docomo all look like cameras. I think they are all something crazy like 10 megapixels, too. Are point and shoot cameras dead? Yes, or soon will be. Why buy a point and shoot with a menu system so complicated and confusing that you need a PhD to figure it out when your cell phone can give you the same quality of photo?
As soon as the cherry blossoms even start to bud, hundreds of people flock to them and any area with even a few cherry trees suddenly gets very busy.
I’ve told you guys before how matsuri—festivals—in Japan are strange. These old fellas appear to be having a good time. The middle one is suppose to be a fox. This is from Toyokawa Inari, and foxes are the guardians of or at least the messengers for Inari. There are thousands of fox everything all over this place. Like here.
A distraction for a few moments from the horror of the earthquake. As Marge said in Lisa vs Malbu Stacy, Now, let’s forget our troubles with a big bowl of strawberry ice cream!1 I don’t have ice cream to offer you, but I do have this photo of a cute, terrifying Japanese monster. With pink cheeks. He may be a pokemon, but as I actually have no idea about pokemon, that’s just guess.