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Kawagoe Matsuri in the Rain

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on October 20, 2013

If you are in Tokyo or neighboring Saitama prefecture this weekend the best way to spend it is of course to visit the massive Kawagoe Festival. A huge two day festival in the city nicknamed “Koedo” (Little Edo) for its many Edo period buildings and streets still remaining. The festival is known for its many dashi, mobile platforms each representing one of the neighborhoods in the city, paid for and operated by the towns people themselves. The weather is usually pretty good this time of the year but this weekend has seen nothing but rain and it was pouring when I visited Kawagoe yesterday. I took these photos of on dashi maneuvering through the narrow streets next to Kawagoeshi station, covered in plastic sheeting and pulled by rain coat wearing townspeople. The Tokyo and Kanto areas are usually blessed with fantastic weather most of the year so being outside shooting in the rain is a little bit exotic for me. On each of these dashi there is a hayashi team, a team of folk musicians and dancers performing for the crowds. Flute and drums, usually. If you feel brave enough to ignore the rain the festival kicks off in an hour or so!

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  1. Zainab Khawaja said, on October 20, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I have wanted for years to be able to visit Japan. It seems from your blog that there is always some sort of festival or celebration going on. Such color and meaning behind each – it’s amazing!

    It’s great that you are able to travel so flexibly and visit all these places!

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    • tokyobling said, on October 20, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you for the kind comment! Japan is a very safe and comfortable country to travel in. I wish all countries could be as safe and welcoming as Japan. Maybe one day. Yes, I am lucky to always be able to travel around Tokyo (and even further sometimes) to see so many colorful events!

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  2. zoomingjapan said, on October 20, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Wow, tough! They’re even doing it in the rain! 🙂

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    • tokyobling said, on October 20, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Indeed! It stopped raining after an hour or so, but today it rained even more…! Even I missed out on this one… (^-^;) I feel a bit ashamed…

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  3. dragonlife said, on October 20, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Just absolutely beautiful! Even in the rain!

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  4. yoshizen said, on October 20, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Great thanks to Tokyobling who dare to be there and brought back those photos.
    Because, even if I were there, I wouldn’t have taken those photos = in other words,
    they are the rarest kind 🙂

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