Monday, 17 September 2007

Celebrations in Shibuya..

I was walking around shibuya to discover this festival by chance. It was really nice and I enjoyed it very much. This is a traditional Japanese festival. I would really appreciate more information about it from all Japan lovers out there.

They were dancing, shouting, laughing and running all over shibuya. I have never seen shibuya this crowded, eventhough usually you cannot find a place for you to stand in.


Kanji_chan said...

very nice. but i have no idea what it could be. I just know that the 3rd monday of september is the elderly respect day,,but i dont think this is related to waiting for an answer too

Saqf said...

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

A mikoshi (神輿, mikoshi) is a portable Shinto shrine. Shinto followers believe that it serves as the vehicle of a divine spirit in Japan at the time of a parade of deities. Often, the mikoshi resembles a miniature building, with pillars, walls, a roof, a veranda and a railing. Typical shapes are rectangles, hexagons, and octagons. The body, which stands on two poles (for carrying), is usually lavishly decorated, and the roof might hold a carving of a Phoenix.

During a matsuri, people bear a mikoshi on their shoulders by means of the two poles. They bring the mikoshi from the shrine, carry it around the neighborhoods that worship at the shrine, and in many cases leave it in a designated area, resting on blocks, for a time before returning it to the shrine. Some shrines have the custom of dipping the mikoshi in the water of a nearby lake, river or ocean. At certain festivals, the people who bear the mikoshi wave it wildly from side to side, and from time to time, deaths occur when a mikoshi strikes a bystander or participant.

A mikoshi was believed to have been first used to transport Hachiman to Tōdai-ji temple from Usa Jingu in 749.

Samer said...

This is the dougenzaka festival or parade. Dougenzaka is a name of a place in Tokyo. According to Saqf, Shibuya is host to parades from many places in Japan every week or so.

I see you didn't put the more 'exciting' pictures! ;)

Kanji_chan said...

samer san,
ima doko desu ka?^^

wedz said...

woow seems aamazing, love such things a lot !

subzero said...

Samer san, LOOL!

Anonymous said...

Saqfsan, Samersan, you know much better than me...!
Sanadsan, i thought they were very very nice photos. you focused on people very well. but, what is "more 'exciting' pictures!" ? hmmm???! misetekudasaina!


Samer said...

tadaima! Just returned today from two explosive weeks in Japan.

Kanji_chan said...

sugoi!!! okaerinasai!
i hope u had fun^^
don't u think this is a good reason to open a blog??;) pllzz shashin wo mitai no sa~!

Anonymous said...

yas,samersan,plz open your blog!!

subzero said...

eeh! People r using my blog to advertise for other people's blog!

okay samer san, open ur blog and we can share the profit together (^_^)v

watashi mo, shashin wo mitain desu ne!!

Saemon said...

Alright, alright..

Just the introductory post, not much photos yet!

casperina said...

assalamualaikum..hye there!nice blog u have here.would love to read more of your adventure in, pls keep posting yah!
n good luck in your studies, gambatte kudasait ne!

karazai said...

هل انت متأكد من انها منطقة شيبويا
لاني كنت في احتفال شبيه بهذا في منطقة كماكورا
تفضل شاهد الصور في هذه السلسلة عن رحلتي لليابان