Thursday, November 28, 2013

Japan loves a good festival

During the summer months and into autumn Japan lights up, literally, with paper lanterns, music, parades, food and of course, beer. Each village or district will have a local festival organised by the neighbourhood. Everyone dresses in light yukata and parades will be held throughout the streets. Many events are small and go almost unnoticed being held over a few hours on a Saturday afternoon or evening with maybe a few dozen people joining in.

Others can be major events in their own right with thousands of people turning out to celebrate the bon-odori. This one in Ebisu attracts over 5,000 people from across Tokyo each year with the entire crowd slowly circling the central drum tower, all moving in rhythmic time together. And if it rains, you get wet.

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