Starting on Friday and ending in the grand finale on Sunday, today, is the huge Sanja Matsuri, probably the biggest festival in Tokyo. Among all the hundreds of thousands (actually about 2 million people over the three days) I spotted these two, looking great in a quiet corner of Sensoji Temple. Even dogs dress in their finest on these important days!
On my visit to Kamakura City and Yuigahama beach in Kanagawa prefecture south west of Tokyo I saw these two dogs playing in the ocean, trying to catch a tea bottle thrown by their owners! The smaller one didn’t stand a chance in the waves but the bigger dog bravely swam out into the ocean again and again! I think it is the closest I will ever come to seeing a dog surf! When it gets warmer maybe I will even jump in myself!
Japanese people like to have the correct dress and equipment for any hobby they have, no matter how small, and their pets are no exclusion! So if you are in Tokyo and taking your dog out for a walk at festival day – make sure it is wearing the correct festival garb! I saw this handsome pair in Shibuya a couple of weeks ago during the huge Shibuya Summer Festival. I love these festivals for many reasons but one of them is the streets closed to traffic. It’s so nice to be able to just walk around as you want in one your favorite cities! And the dogs enjoy the car-space as well. Isn’t he gorgeous in his cool festival dress?