Sunday, May 30, 2010

Firewalking at Zuihoji temple in Kanuma

This event takes place on the last Sunday in May.

no pain, no pain!

This white stuff - it's NOT dry ice (ha! you wish!), but salt.

That crazy monks will do it, that's to be expected, but the spectators also got their chance:

Yes, even children. It would never happen in the US, fire marshals and children's services would have a field day. LOL!

PS. Here's a video of the ceremony. And yes, they walk on those hot coals barefoot.

And here is part 1 of the video - the monks are preparing for the ceremony:

More about the festival can be found on our other blog - here.

River view

On the way to Utsunomiya JR station:

and yes, the clouds really looked like the Armageddon was coming.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Today in Nasu

This festival is known as Nasu Gojin Kasai (Gojin = god, deity, Kasai = fire festival, Nasu is the name of the city), or in Japanese: 那須御神火祭

Friday, May 21, 2010

Paying Respects to Ieyasu for the Last Time

I guess this would be her last time attending the Nikko Toshogu Grand Spring Festival.

For more photos from the festival, please see this post and this post and even this post.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Nikko Toshogu Grand Spring Festival - the kids

"Geez, it's hot... when is it gonna end?... I want to pee..."

"I feel like a circus monkey..."

"I AM a monkey - now give me money!"

"We iz cute and we knowz it"

"OK, I've had enough, I'm like so not doing this next year..."

"Yeah! It's over! Snack time!"

And here is a video of the whole parade:

More photos here.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Nikko Toshogu Grand Spring Festival Parade

also known as the 1 000 Warriors March. It took place on May 18th.

but before the march, the path had to be purified with this tree:

And most people came to see these warriors, one such suit of armor costs around 48 thousand US dollars. And these are all antiques, some are more than 300 years old:

But there were also other things to see, like this guy:

And these guys:

And even a dragon:

Monday, May 17, 2010

Today in Nikko

春季例大祭- 百物揃千人行列
Shyunki reitaisai- Hyakumonozoroe senningyouretsu

This festival takes place on May 17 and 18.

And more:

And more:

And more:

Ceremony inside the temple:

And the stuff everyone came to see - yabusame:

And we will be there again tomorrow.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010


Carp kites for Japanese Children's Day (special request by Ann - happy belated birthday to your daughter!)

That holiday was celebrated last Wednesday (May 5th), but due to the backlog of photos from the snake festival, the carps are going on the blog today.

Too bad there's no wind and the carps are not "swimming".
This is a Skywatch Friday entry.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Ja Matsuri - Snake Festival in Oyama

The idea is to get the snake to drink pond water and bring rain and good wind to get a plentiful and healthy rice crop.

Yes, the pond water is as clean as it looks - not very.

And one, two three:

Drink bastard, drink!

To learn more about this festival, visit this post and this post on our other blog and watch this video:

This is a Watery Wednesday entry.
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