Monday, July 27, 2009

Hot day in Moka - 真岡の暑い一日


The lady is using a cooling spray. It was bloody hot yesterday.

(shoulders, knees) and toes:

Adults suffered from the heat too:

And I myself needed an ice pack for my head (no photos of me suffering though) - it was THAT hot.

Actually no, it was THAT hot:

Yeah, it was positively sizzling!

Ryuousai at Ryuoukyou - 龍王峡での龍王祭

Please excuse the crappy romaji transliteration, but I never know whether to put those extra "u's" in there or not.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Point your camera at any random Japanese person, and chances are, he or she will do this:

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Visit to Oya Stone Museum

the steps down:


the pillars... back in 2003 there were only two, now there's a whole bunch:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tenno Sai overload

Because everybody likes to look at:

- cute women

-cute children:

- pretty things in general:

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The sounds of Tenno Sai


And more drums:

Traditional orchestra, kid version:

Traditional orchestra, old fart version:

Traditional band, multi-generational version:

And here's a video of a taiko performance:

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Kids of Tenno Sai

Look Ma - I'm drumming:

And one, and two, and three... try not to fall down from the float, OK?

Drums? We have them.

Fans? We have them, too.

Strange dudes? Check.

And yes, we walk rain or shine:

And if you want to read about this festival, instead of just looking at pictures, then visit here: Tenno Sai in Utsunomiya.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Near ruin

such near-ruins right in the city center always make me scratch my head.

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