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Kawagoe Matsuri Drummer Kids

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on March 7, 2014

If you are around in Tokyo or Saitama at the end of the month I recommend you visit the grand Kawagoe Haru Matsuri, the spring festival held in old Kawagoe town every year (well, for the last 24 years anyway). There’s a parade of musketmen firing real muskets (absolutely the loudest noise you will ever hear), ladder acrobatics, and traditional dances and performances by local kids, like these two young taiko drummers performing in the rain at last year’s festival. They were a huge hit with the older ladies performing a traditional dance around them! It’s great to see that the younger generations are picking up on the old traditions. These photos are from last year’s spring festival but I am sure this one will be similar (there isn’t much official information online yet, but the opening event will be held on the 29th of March and then there will be something every weekend until the beginning of May).



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  1. Lilichan06 said, on March 7, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Beautiful photos
    It’s nice to see young and elder générations sharing this moment!


  2. sarabanto said, on March 7, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    The future lies in good hand with these kids :3


  3. Shelli@howsitgoingeh? said, on March 9, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Kawagoe!!! My family in Japan are from Saitama so I’ve spent many days hanging out in Kawagoe!!! I love the pictures of the girl playing taiko. She’s so vibrant + her hair so wild – she looks like a warrior princess! I love her energy!


    • tokyobling said, on March 13, 2014 at 12:17 am

      Kawagoe is a great place, but I almost only go there during the festivals. Lucky there are so many of them! Yes, these kids have great costumes!


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