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.

8 comments:

Ruth said...

Dynamic shots. Good capture. Thanks for sharing what's up in your side of the world.

Domo Arigato!

Hood Photo Blog said...

Great job showing the ceremony!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Based on your tag, I'm assuming this is a Shinto ceremony. So here are a bunch of questions: who organizes the ceremony, how are people chosen to participate, and is it an ecumenical event or do only "shintoists" participate? Inquiring minds want to know...

wenn said...

that's interesting!

Leif Hagen said...

GREAT photos of that snake Matsuri! Fun and interesting!

Ann said...

good photos,

May 5 was my daughter's brithday. We learnt it is also Children's day in japan. Do you have photos of children's day. of carps?

A and Y Ikeda said...

Oakland,
you inspired us to write this post on our other blog - we answered your questions
there. :)

Ann,
we posted a photo of koinobori just for you. :)

Wenn, Ruth and Hood Photo,
thank you for your comments! Yes, this event was a blast. :)

Leif,
just wait till we visit Gero onsen - we're actually planning to do it this summer - just for you! Hopefully we can stumble upon some goofy festival there, too.

CafebyJW said...

Beautiful post, it seems fun.

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