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.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Yamakasa 2015

Living in a foreign country with a different language and a very different culture has its ups and downs. Sometimes you love it, sometimes you hate it. But, whatever way, here in Japan the food is good and so are some of the festivals.

During Yamakasa, Fukuoka's biggest, 100s of men dressed in short happi-jackets and loincloths run through the streets of Hakata, carrying huge floats while shouting "Oisa, oisa, oisa". The cheering public throws buckets of water to keep them cool. The festival starts in the beginning of July and accelerates towards the final on the 15th at 4:59 am.
Below a selection of this year's photos, taken on the 12, 13 and the 14th.

Oiyama Narashi, July 12th

The charismatic priest at the Jotenji temple.

Shundanyamamise, July 13th

Nagaregaki, 14th

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