June 10, 2012

Shinagawa Tennousai

On Friday, the Shinagawa Tennou Festival began. It runs through Sunday. Lisa and I took Alan out this morning for a walk through the local neighborhood and headed down to where the festival is going on. Alan's still a bit young for these things, but probably when he is three or four I think he's really going to enjoy the festival atmosphere. A lot of kids are always running around at these things buying food and playing some games at the different stalls, trying to win goldfish or candy or little trinkets. The adults are usually eating (overpriced) street food and drinking beer. The closest thing to these kinds of festivals in the US would probably be a street fair, but you mix in some real traditional sorts of elements.

The Japanese page linked here: Shingawa Tennou Festival page (Japanese) says that the festival is held primarily between two temples, Shinagawa Shrine (I can't find any English pages for that) and Ebara Shrine (Japanese). Some portable shrines are carried between the two temples, accompanied by priests, drums, and flutes playing a special Shinagawa-themed tune apparently.

From out point of view we just walked around, got some food, and watched some people walk by. On the way home we also took some pictures of the parked portable shrines. I always enjoy these kinds of festivals, even thought he stall food is too expensive, you see lots of people, there are people in Yukata and Jinbei (kind of traditional summer clothes) and it is just fun walking around. I'm looking forward to going to some of these things in the future when Alan Yoshiyuki gets older!





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Re: Shinagawa Tennousai
We had a community-sponsored festival near our apartment too! Did you notice... the guys carrying the shrine, er, weren't wearing any pants? just a little loincloth?!?! hehehehe. Also they make frequent stops at sake stations, from what I hear.
I think you should volunteer once for a good exuse to run around the neighborhood, drunk, shouting 'yoisho' without any pants on! I would totally do this if I were a guy. >;D
...although you could always wait until Alan is a teenager and would be mortally embarrased by this. That sounds way more fun actually.
Posted 5 years, 7 months ago by Kyra • • wwwReply
Re: Shinagawa Tennousai
Yeah, the mikoshi carriers usually just wear loinclothes. It's hot man! Portable shrines are heavy! I keep thinking that I want to get more involved in my community, but then the reality hits me (I work hard, and when I get home try to put any remaining effort into cleaning up / playing with Alan / helping out around the house) and I don't know where to start. Maybe once Alan is a bit older, and I won't feel like I'm abandoning him and Lisa, I'll get a bit more involved in the local community.
Posted 5 years, 7 months ago by Fugu Tabetai • @wwwReply

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