10/10/2005

Autumn Festival 2005




yamasato ni kodomo no egao aki matsuri

in the mountain village
all children laughing -
autumn festival



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Autumn Festival in Sakai,
Okayama Pref., Japan


The local autumn festival at our shrine in Sakai.
境の秋祭り 2005





Dance of the Maidens




Lion Dance in front of the shrine




Stick Fighting in the Forest Clearance




Lion Dance in the Forest Clearance





The Little Fighers resting





Final Performance at the Village Crossroads





One last summersault


山郷に子供の笑顔秋祭り




Look at my photo album to see all the events.


The Stick Fighting, miyaboo 宮棒, is an old tradition of our area, used by farmers to defend themselves with farmers tools. The children of our local primary school start learning it at age 6. The lion dance and stick fighting performance is a living treasure of Okayama prefecture.



. 秋祭り Autumn Festival 2007 .


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. Autumn Festival (aki matsuri, Japan) a kigo in the Database

Many rural festivals take place at the village crossroads,
read more in my article about
Doosojin, the Wayside Gods


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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gabi

These photos of your festival are wonderful. A real insight into the life you lead in Japan.
I dream of going there someday.

Thank you for this

D.J.

. Gabi Greve said...

tooki hi no osanaki mai ya mura-matsuri

days long past,
the dance of my youth -
village festival


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From a Japanese Friend.

Thanks so much for this!

Gabi

. Gabi Greve said...

Dear Gabi san

These photos bring me such joy.

I miss being in Japan. I do not know if I will ever learn to write
or read the language fluently, but, when it comes to the language of the heart, I hear Japan loud and clear.

doumo tomo

ai... chibi

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cherrypoetryclub/message/25191

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Anonymous said...

Great photos. Looks like a real great time.

A.

. Gabi Greve said...

Gabiさま
 珍しい村祭りの写真をありがとうございます。

今は伝承する若い人が少なくなっているようですね。

歌寿人
http://blog.livedoor.jp/senior21/archives/50093838.html

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sakuo said...

Gabi san
お祭りの写真有難うございました。
やはり独特の雰囲気がありました。
road crossing,四つ角には大きい木がありますね。
とても良い村です。

sakuo