Monday, August 30, 2010

On the train

Nikko line (JR), Utsunomiya bound train.

For more black and white photos visit the Black and White Weekend blog.

And here is a short clip of the train:

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Okonomiyaki vs Monjayaki


and monjayaki:

Which one would you rather eat?
To help you decide here are two short clips.

Making monjayaki:

and making okonomiyaki:

Friday, August 27, 2010

Shrine wall

I really despise tourists who scribble on shrine and temple walls.

Learn shrine etiquette and make your wish the proper way. Not like this.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Family Album Sunday - Grandma in Kanuma in 1943

She's (yes - is, she's 90 and going strong) a born and bred Tochigi gal.

Here she is in Kanuma:

For more Family Album photos, please click on the "family album" label under this post.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

At a festival in Ichikai town

Young, half-naked guys spin around in circles in front of the shrine.

And get splashed with water:

But they still keep spinning:

This event is called Tanobe no Tensai. To find out more, please read this entry.

And here's a video:

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Shrine maidens and everybody else bowing in front of the "old" Futaara shrine (in front of Parco) during Tenno Sai.
Old pic, but I like it very much:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ceremony at Jikoji at more time

And one more:
He looks like he's about to be abducted by aliens, doesn't he?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Family Album Sunday - Yasukuni shrine

Last year, on August 15th - the day Japan surrendered in WW2, we went to Tokyo to visit the controversial shrine. Pics from that visit are here and our written report here.

This year, instead of visiting Yasukuni, we bring you photos from grandma's wartime album.

Yasukuni in 1943 (maybe), but could be before the war.

Soldiers paying their respects before being deployed to the front lines, Showa 18 or 19 (1943 or 1944).

Who's in the car?

Yasukuni priests doing their thing

Front of the shrine

Grandpa (left) and friends.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A few more images from Takamatsu

and tomorrow we will return to our regularly scheduled Tochigi programming.

that was actually at the Buddhist Yashima temple.

At Takamatsu city festival.

Just an ordinary city.

Seen at the city festival.

If there's one thing that Shikoku's famous for that is definitely udon.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

TDP on the road - in Takamatsu

on the island of Shikoku.

We went shopping:
The roof of one of the shopping arcades.

There was a city festival going on:
But sadly, no mikoshi. (How can you have a festival without mikoshi???)

And this is how the city looks from the top of Yashima "mountain":

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Miya Matsuri 2010 - the giant drum

Yeah, yeah, oh be quiet, you know you've been waiting for this.
They're the stars of any Utsunomiya event.

Them giant drum boys, seen here in front of Futaara shrine:

And here, being carried, as always, up the steps to the shrine:

And finally, here's a video:

What can I say? I'm a big drum groupie.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Miya Matsuri 2010 once again

Street view:

Everybody and their dog were there:

In front of Futaara shrine in the evening:

And here is a mikoshi overload video - all mikoshi all the time:

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Miya Matsuri - the hairstyle version

We didn't take as many hairstyle photos as lost year. Sorry.

And after a while all matsuri hairstyles look the same.

But definitely not this one.

This one, however was 100% typical:

And here's a crew "cleansing" the streets before the mikoshi procession:

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Utsunomiya Summer Festival begins

Because nothing says "Miya Matsuri" like girls in tutus and playboy bunny ears.

and this is Orion Dori - the main pedestrian street during Miya Matsuri:

Friday, August 6, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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