Lights, camera, action!

Today we caught our neighborhood shrine parade! (Didn’t honestly take much skill, it was going right past the compound with very loud flutes and drums.)

Wending up and down tiny back streets

Hundreds and hundreds of people in matching coats marched by with dozens of musical floats and shoulder-held shrines that I can testify are much heavier than they look! I got conscripted to lend a hand.

I lend a hand and try not to squash my neighbor's toes

The pictures don’t really do justice to the scorching sun and sweltering humidity these guys were slogging through. We’re not quite sure who all was represented– the coats mostly had neighborhoods on them and occasionally something that could have been a shrine name. There looked to be some companies too.

Training up for next year

Float riders escort a dubious-looking fellow thru power lines

But to really convey the energy and excitement, you’ve got to get a little closer to the action, so here’s a select sampling of the Akasaka neighborhood matsuri (festival).ย  Be sure you can hear the audio, the whistles and chanting are half the fun at least!

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6 Responses to Lights, camera, action!

  1. Calley says:

    so cool! The picture of the kiddie shrine is too cute for anything, and if those things are heavy I’m seriously impressed at the jumping-up-and-down-with shrine dance that seemed to be going on there ๐Ÿ˜‰ How did you get conscripted into shrine-toting (and I hope dancing)? Is it a rolling thing where they pull people in from the crowd continuously to keep it moving, or did they say, “hey, how much fun would it be to drag an unsuspecting american into the party?” ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad you had a little adventure!

    • tarainjapan says:

      They grabbed two foreigners — Jen and this really tall guy (I think his name is Rijan) who’s also at the embassy. I think they liked Jen better because she didn’t throw off the tilt of the whole shrine. After she escaped once, they pulled her back for a second time.

  2. Where’s your tiny robe? lol

  3. Karen says:

    The best part…your giggle. What a great adventure for you both.

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