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More Shibuya Nebuta Matsuri 2012

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on September 19, 2012

More photos from the mini Nebuta Matsuri in Tokyo’s Shibuya district last weekend! The first time I saw the nebuta matsuri was here in Shibuya, and I didn’t really get the costumes or the strange melody of the flutes, but the more I see it the more I get it and now I think I am hooked. One of these days I have to make my way up north to Aomori prefecture and see this festival “in the wild”!


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  1. tokyohamster said, on September 19, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Haha great pics! How do you hear about all of these festivals?


    • tokyobling said, on September 19, 2012 at 6:18 am

      Thanks! Well, there’s posters at some stations for the bigger festivals, and I get some from articles on the net, some I knew from just stumbling into them and some are recommended by offline friends. I wish more people who know this blog could recommend me festivals to visit! (^-^)


      • tokyohamster said, on September 19, 2012 at 6:19 am

        Hahaha I usually hear about them from you, but if I hear of anything, I’ll let you know! 🙂


  2. pk1154 said, on September 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Those…extremely decorated… straw hats are unexpected. Is there a note of Brazilian Carnaval influence there? (I am aware that there is a significant Brazilian – Japanese community.)


    • tokyobling said, on September 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Good question! I have never seen an old photo of the festival with those garish hats. The oldest photo I could find was of the first electrified float, so it could have been anytime between 1900 and 1944. Prior to that I do not think they had any special hats. But I could be wrong. Maybe someone with more historical knowledge than me could shed some light on this?

      While researching this I found an image of a nebuta float that was 10 stories high… huge!


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  4. Timi said, on September 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Even more floral clothing and lovely people! I can never get enough of this 🙂


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