Friday, July 8, 2011

Show Me Japan is on summer break

Show Me Japan is going on summer vacation!!!
Show Me Japanは夏休みに入ります!


We would like to thank everyone for participating every week and making this meme a success.
参加してくれる皆さんには心から感謝してます。皆さんのおかげでこんなにうまいこと行ってます。


We will be back with a new issue of Show Me Japan on August 26th, 2011.
次回のShow Me Japanは2011年8月26日になります。



Below is a random selection of photos from last week’s participants.
前回の参加者中からランダムに選んだ写真を以下に紹介します。

As always - click on the photos to be taken to the participants' blogs.
参加者が撮影した写真をクリックすると、参加者のブログへ飛びます。


From Rurousha


From Cocomino


From Lina


From Mullenkedheim


From Japanese Castle Explorer



Have a great summer!!!
夏休み楽しんでね。


Anna and Yoshi
アンナ&ヨシ





Friday, July 1, 2011

Show Me Japan Vol 1 Issue 32

IMPORTANT: Please enter a link to a specific post on your blog, not a general link to your entire blog/website. Thank you!

(Sorry this edition is a day late! But it will stay open for entries until 11:45PM on Monday, July 4th)
一日遅れのエントリー開始ごめんなさい。けど、7月4日の月曜日午後11時45分まで受け付けます。


Welcome to the 32nd edition of Show Me Japan. 第32回 Show Me Japan へようこそ。

You can see previous editions here. 前回の”Show Me Japan” エントリーはここです。

FAQ page in English and Japanese is here. 英語と日本語のFAQはここにありますので、初めて参加される方は目を通して頂けると幸いです。

Below is a random selection of photos from last week’s participants. 前回の参加者中からランダムに選んだ写真を以下に紹介します。

The widget to enter your links is at the end of this post – below the photos. ”Show Me Japan”にエントリーする際のリンクを貼るウィジェットはこの記事の一番下にあります。

As always - click on the photos to be taken to the participants' blogs.
参加者が撮影した写真をクリックすると、参加者のブログへ飛びます。


 from Bartman




from David LaSpina


from Rekishi no Tabi



from Spamm From Japan



from Tokyololas





If you participate in Show Me Japan, please be so kind and include a link back to this blog in your post. エントリーしたポスト中で “Show Me Japan”のリンクを貼り忘れてないか確かめて頂けると幸いです。バッジに “Show Me Japan”のリンクを加えて頂ければ至極幸いここ極まれりです。


Thank you for participating and have a wonderful weekend.
それでは参加者の皆さん、よい週末を。




And now it's your turn!!!






Hot fun in the summertime

Everybody who knows me, knows that I'm a summer matsuri freak. Not sure why... Give me a good mikoshi procession, a night of fireworks, add a chocolate covered banana on a stick, and I'm as happy as can be. See? I'm easy to please. Especially in the summer.

The festivals we normally attend as local events. Some (as the bunch of half-naked guys spinning around in a circle while being doused with water and rolling in the mud) are positively obscure.

Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order...

  • Miya Matsuri - Utsunomiya city summer fest. It has everything - mikoshis, fundoshis, shaved ice and pretty girls in yukatas.


And most of all - typical matsuri hairstyles:




  • Moka Summer Festival - the festival that brought me "that close" to being part of a major feature film directed by one of my all-time favorite directors.

But sadly, I had to be satisfied with this:


and this:


  • That obscure festival in Ichikai - the one with the mud and guys spinning around:


And after all is said and done and you find yourself face-to-face with a soaking wet participant, your face looks more or less like that (hint - those undies are really thin):



  • Reitaisai at Nakamura Hachimangu - where girls wave really big knives:


And where they ride horses and shoot arrows - a.k.a. yabusame:


  • The festival before the ritual (nighttime) Mt Nantai climb, and yep, there's them fireworks:


and drunk girls in silly outfits:




This year the summer festival season starts with Miyaichisai this Sunday (July 3rd) and you betcha that my camera batteries are charged and ready!


This is my entry to Loco's Hot Fun in the Summertime 2011 edition!!!




Have a wonderful summer, everyone!!! :-)