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Kawagoe Matsuri – Tonight

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on October 19, 2014

Last night was the first of the two days of the annual Kawagoe Matsuri in Saitama Prefecture just north of Tokyo. Kawagoe is an old trading town and because it escaped the bombing raids of the war a remarkable number of old Edo period houses and streets have survived, earning it the nickname of “Little Edo”, or Koedo (小江戸). The nickname is reflected in the famous local beer brewery making use of another of the town’s specialities, the sweet potato.

The first night of the festival was held in near perfect weather, although for my photography I would have wanted more clouds to help brighten up the city a little. It was intensely crowded as usual and as much as I tried I could not find all of the dashi. All in all it was a perfect evening for a festival and a perfect festival in itself! The second night of the festival has already started and if you are interested I suggested heading up to Kawagoe by using any of the three stations, Honkawagoe, Kawagoeshi or Kawagoe. Enjoy!

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  1. uaifestival said, on October 19, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Have been there yesterday…too crowded though!

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    • tokyobling said, on October 20, 2014 at 12:12 am

      It was quite crowded, and even more so on the Sunday, the second night!

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