This blog is for family and friends, to share my feelings and photos with and for myself, to support my fading memory and improve my Japanese. I intend to do some writing in kanji, but am not getting very far without a Japanese computer. So for the moment I say "konnichi wa". Aisatsu dake - just saying hello.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012


13日 姪浜 玉せせり
Tamaseseri: a yearly festival where fishermen fight over an ancient wooden ball.
The ball, covered in oil, is dipped in salt water and carried to the Sumiyoshi Shrine of Meinohama.

The men, all wanting the honour of holding the ball, are clad in fundoshi and though temps are around 8 degrees, buckets of cold water serve to “cool them off”.


Slowly the scrum moves to the shrine. 

Inside the temple ground the most ambitious men climb on stage.


The mood is good and the men seem to enjoy themselves.

It still takes a while to bring the ball up.

At the end a traditional Hakata song.

Jaap, the adrenaline still racing through his veines.

今日の勉強 玉 = たま = ball