More Yushima Tenjin Festival Kids
More photos of the kids taking part in the traditional Yushima Tenjin festival near Tokyo’s Ueno district earlier this summer. It’s great seeing them as they do their bit to make sure the tradition continues and to learn the ways of the community. The kids are usually out first, early in the afternoon so that they can be safely out of the way when it is the adult’s turn. A lot of kids work hard for this and their reward is to watch their parents take part in the big omikoshi parades and of course to play and eat at the festival market stands. In the second photo two young ones walk past a pop gun stand. Police block most of the roads leading up to the shrine on festival days, doing their part in handing the neighborhood back to the control of the community. The one weekend where people are more important than cars. I wish every day could be festival day!