Last weekend I spent between two different festivals very close to each other, the huge Sanja festival in Asakusa and the comparatively tiny Onoterusaki Shrine Festival in neighboring Iriya. Being completely overshadowed by it famous brother festival meant that there were almost no tourists at all at the smaller festival in Iriya, I even recognized some fellow festival enthusiasts taking part in the festival, probably to fill the ranks of the omikoshi carriers! One of the handful of omikoshi being carried around the neighborhood of old Iriya was this one, and I wanted to pick out a few photos of the handsome guys who took part in the festival! Their group name is written on the back of their happi (the loose coat worn in all festivals these days but by all tradesmen and artisans in the old days), 元入谷. This neighborhood existed as a separate town for over 400 years until the end of the 19th century when Iriya was swallowed up by the expanding towns of Ueno and Asakusa, both of whom have huge festivals these days. Iriya is also the name of a subway station on the Hibiya line, nearby.
A couple of weeks ago I posted a few snapshots of some very handsome men taken at the Minamikoshigaya Awaodori festival at the end of last month. Here are a few more very good looking guys from the Fujionren, Kioiren, Soka-Oyamaren and finally the world famous Ahoren from Tokushima prefecture. Are they not fantastic looking?
Awaodori is famous for loud music and graceful ladies, but there’s quite a few very handsome men giving their best as well. Here’s a few of the most irresistible guys I could find at the Minamikoshigaya Awaodori festival a little while ago. I have more of these hunks stored up for the coming month! These guys are members of the Kakashiren, Koutaren and Ishinren and the famous, near mythological Ebisuren, respectively Enjoy!
Next weekend, the last weekend of July is quite probably the peak of the festival season. Every time I see a poster or an ad for a festival it seems to fall on 27th, 28th and 29th of July! Maybe because it is the first weekend that is guaranteed to be free of the dreaded tsuyu, or the rain period that supposedly stopped early this week. After that weekend the festivals are more spread out with the big obon festival in the middle of the season. Unfortunately I won’t be in town for next weekend, fortunately the reason I am leaving town is to visit a festival! I would need a personal assistant to plan all weekends until november to make sure I get as many festivals as possible.
Speaking of festivals, here’s a few more photographs of the Nagashima Yakumo festival from earlier this month, one of these festivals where the participants outnumber the onlookers! It felt very genuine! Of course it is an event for all ages, from the little babies to the older.