Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Seya! Seya!

Heavy... but we still are going to dance:

And our festival hairstyles may not be as fancy as in other places, but we're cool anyway, dammit!

We wrote about the Rei Taisai at Nakamura Hachimangu in Moka here:

Monday, September 27, 2010

Ambitious mikoshi carriers

They were actually jumping with this thing on their shoulders!

You can see it better on video - the singing and jumping up are towards the end:

We wrote about the Rei Taisai at Nakamura Hachimangu in Moka here:

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Girls leading the mikoshi procession:

And here's a video (well, one of them) of the procession:

We explained about the tekomai girls (in great detail) here.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Batto embu taikai in Moka

at Nakamura shrine:

Yeah, basically a fancy sword waving show.

Here's a video:

We wrote about the Rei Taisai at Nakamura Hachimangu in Moka here:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Priests doing priestly things

at Nakamura shrine in Moka:

and before the ceremony - blessing the team:

And re-enacting a myth:

And here's a video of it:

We wrote about the Rei Taisai at Nakamura Hachimangu in Moka here:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

There were mikoshi at Rei Taisai too

Rei taisai is the proper name of the event (the one with yabusame and sword waving) we witnessed last Sunday.

Top of the men's mikoshi:

Pouring water on the ropes of the women's mikoshi:

We wrote about the Rei Taisai at Nakamura Hachimangu in Moka here:

Monday, September 20, 2010

Girls waving big knives

or rather, swords.

At Nakamura shrine yesterday:

I remember her from last year's event.

But this girl was new:

And here they are on video:

We wrote about the Rei Taisai at Nakamura Hachimangu in Moka here:

Thieving issue solved

The person thieving got his face broken (as promised), so here is a random photo instead:

Sunflowers in Mashiko

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Yabusame at Nakamura Hachimangu in Moka

Sorry, no family album Sunday today.
We went to a festival at the Nakamura Shrine in Moka. There was yabusame (traditional archery on horseback), here are some pictures.

Praying before the event

Yep, there was a girl riding and shooting.

And her skill has visibly improved since last year.

But still, she wasn't as good as this guy:
He was amazing.

He ruled the event.

There was also another guy, but trust me, not worth showing here. Judging by his thick glasses and the fact he missed the target EVERY time, he was either blind, or... blind, I guess.

and here's a video:

We wrote about the Rei Taisai festival at Nakamura Hachimangu in Moka here:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fireworks at Romantic Mura

That was last Saturday.

I apologize for not posting anything yesterday. I normally do it rain or shine, Ramadan or Rosh Hashanah, but this time, I have an extra special excuse.

Are you familiar with the Life in a Day film project? I submitted footage for it, it was shortlisted for the movie and now I am in legal release hell. So, until I complete all the film-related paperwork, my blog posts might be irregular.

In the meantime, here are the fireworks:

And for some reason, mister shot all of them out of focus. boo...

And in case you're wondering, there is absolutely nothing romantic about "Romantic Village".

But hey, who needs romantic if you can have a sausage onna stick, right? And they had three different vendors selling them last Saturday! CMOT Dibbler would be proud.

And here's a video:

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Foot onsen in Kinugawa

Right in front of the station.

And here's a video:

and later that day - a car accident:

FYI, Kinugawa is in Nikko.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sunflowers in Mashiko

This was taken with an infra-red customized ancient Olympus camera. But because I couldn't stand the creepy look of the original image, I made it somewhat black-and-whiteish.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


in a field in Mashiko

Even a scarecrow has to be properly dressed around here. In a kimono no less ;-)

This one is a lot more down-to-earth.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Tobu World Square

in Nikko:

Here's another photo from Tobu World Square. More will be coming up soon.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fire in Utsunomiya

Today at around 11:30AM nearby Miyanohara Junior High School. And yes, we just happened to be nearby. Sadly, no video :(

Hmmm... something's going on. Let's check it out.

We were not the only ones who went to see what was going on.

Utsunomiya's bravest were already at the scene.

Doing what firemen do best.

And that was the excitement for the morning.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Rice harvest

Today I'm rather busy, so all you're getting is a video.
Yep, it's time to harvest rice.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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