Published by Antonio Tajuelo
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From time to time, festivals are celebrated in Japan, both in big cities and small towns. The Japanese word for festival is matsuri (祭). Some festivals are related to religion while others aren't. At the end of the summer there are many festivals related to the rice crops.
Japan festivals have many things in common like the food stands, the souvenir stands and some games, like fishing for little golden fishes with a paper net or karaoke contests.
Photos in this post are from the first Japanese festival I attended, in the Shinjuku area. For me, walking around a matsuri from the first time has been an unforgettable experience. Many things I just have seen in anime (lanterns, takoyaki and octopus food stands, etc) were just in front of my eyes for the first time! ^^
The atmosphere at a matsuri is just incredible and many Japanese people gather at this kind of events.
I took many pics of the different food stands ^^.
Squid food stand. In Spain I have never seen full squids as they appear in the photo.
Cookers preparing food at the matsuri.
Japanese style hot dogs?
Chocolate covered bananas!
In addition to food stand, I found many shrine sale stands. Shrines bring good luck and a new one should be bought every year.
Each time anyone bought a shrine, a small ceremony takes place where people clap their hands and hit wooden sticks, while they shout some words ^^.
Detail of the shrines for sale. It is very interesting to check the objects that appear, usually being carps, lanterns, ancient golden coins and flowers.
Jack Sparrow also came to matsuri ^^.
Shrine sale stands at the festival.
More shrine sale ceremonies ^^.
Octopus food stand!
Lucky cat sale stand. In Japanese they are called maneki neko (招き猫).
Daruma dolls (達磨), founder of the zen school.
This creature is biting 10,000 yen paper money and that brings good luck ^^.
Fish food stand.
Cans getting cold using ice. There are Coca Cola and Asahi beer, quite popular in Japan.
Mask stand at matsuri. Many of these masks can only be found in Japan ^^.
Picture with a group of students visiting the matsuri. They have chocolate covered bananas in their hands ^^.
Octopus food stand.
Buying takoyaki! Delicious! :D
I hope you enjoyed to go through this Japanese festival or matsuri with me!