Japan Matsuri

Published by Antonio Tajuelo

 

Japan Matsuri

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 Matsuri

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.

Japan Matsuri

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! ^^

Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri

The atmosphere at a matsuri is just incredible and many Japanese people gather at this kind of events.

Japan Matsuri

I took many pics of the different food stands ^^.

Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri

Squid food stand. In Spain I have never seen full squids as they appear in the photo.

Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri

Cookers preparing food at the matsuri.

Japan Matsuri

Japanese style hot dogs?

Japan Matsuri

Chocolate covered bananas!

Japan Matsuri

More squid!

Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri

In addition to food stand, I found many shrine sale stands. Shrines bring good luck and a new one should be bought every year.

Japan Matsuri

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 ^^.

Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri

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.

Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri

Jack Sparrow also came to matsuri ^^.

Japan Matsuri

Shrine sale stands at the festival.

Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri

More shrine sale ceremonies ^^.

Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri

Octopus food stand!

Japan Matsuri

Lucky cat sale stand. In Japanese they are called maneki neko (招き猫).

Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri

Daruma dolls (達磨), founder of the zen school.

Japan Matsuri

This creature is biting 10,000 yen paper money and that brings good luck ^^.

Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri

Fish food stand.

Japan Matsuri

Cans getting cold using ice. There are Coca Cola and Asahi beer, quite popular in Japan.

Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri

Mask stand at matsuri. Many of these masks can only be found in Japan ^^.

Japan Matsuri

Picture with a group of students visiting the matsuri. They have chocolate covered bananas in their hands ^^.

Japan Matsuri

Octopus food stand.

Japan Matsuri

Buying takoyaki! Delicious! :D

Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri
Japan Matsuri

I hope you enjoyed to go through this Japanese festival or matsuri with me!

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