Friday, July 1, 2011

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!!! :-)

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