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This Weekend – Kuramae Festival

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on June 4, 2015

This weekend is practically shock full of festivals all over Japan, not the least all over Tokyo and nearby Yokohama! It is impossible to see even tiny part of all the festivals taking place so pick one or two and make the most of it! One of my personal favorites, and a good one for foreign tourists not used to or not very interested in hanging out with the huge crowds many festivals draw, is the comparably tiny Kuramae Matsuri, in Tokyo’s Taito Ward. The tiny shrine of Kuramae is not only so small that it flies under the radar of most festival aficionados, it also boasts what is often called the most beautiful Omikoshi in all of Edo. Granted, unless you are well studied up on the minute differences between different omikoshi, you are not likely to see much that is special, but the overall look of the omikoshi is nevertheless spectacular. You can use the tags at the end of the post to find more about this shrine, this omikoshi and this festival.

Many festivals feature taiko drummers giving performances once or twice along the festival route, when I visited the Kuramae Matsuri in 2013 I took these photos of a fairly large troupe doing their best to stay in the shadows, as the sun was fairly brutal that day. Taiko drumming is another one of the many “must see in real life” experiences that should be on the top of any tourist’s to see list when visiting Japan!

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  1. rudyhou said, on June 26, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    i would enjoy the performance of these drummers.

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    • tokyobling said, on June 29, 2015 at 2:19 am

      It is always fun, needs to be felt rather than seen or heard! (^-^)

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      • rudyhou said, on July 5, 2015 at 3:22 am

        yeah. i really need to ‘feel’ the performance in real life someday.

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