Monday, August 10, 2009

Miya Matsuri 2009

Last weekend was the Miya Matsuri festival in Utsunomiya and I’ve been debating whether or not I should mention it here at all. I uploaded a few photos (here and here and here) on the photo blog, but I wasn’t sure if the event deserved to be described using actual words. Why? It was boring. Very boring. It also seemed smaller than in previous years. Yeah, the crowds were there, but they weren’t as thick as in the past. And the parades were there, but they looked well… how to put it? Lame. And some people looked positively embarrassed to be participating in them. Like this woman, who if she could, would have liked to turn invisible:

Black and red girl bt

In the beginning, I was planning to get involved in one event, but then upon seeing the first rehearsal quickly reconsidered. And I’m glad I did. Because coordinated folk dancing in the rain is not my idea of fun. Stuffing my face with fried chicken is more like my thing.

And after all, how many mikoshi processions can you stomach? In the rain. Huh?

But this is what it looked like before it started to rain:

Old ladies dancing
At least the old ladies looked like they were having fun. Sort of.

Funny guy little
Kids are so easy to amuse - just give them a basket and point a camera at them. And they'll be having the time of their lives.

Funny guy
The same applies to certain adults, especially after a couple of beers.

But some children took their roles very seriously:
Pink girls

And of course, here it is, the obligatory kid mikoshi:
Kid mikoshi

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