As the Summer draws to an end, many festivals known as "matsuri" are held all over Japan. Today we spend a few days having a look at the festivities around my neighborhood.
This first pic is taken right outside my house - the local children dress in a traditional Japanese garment called a Happi and carry whats known as an "Omikoshi" which is described in the Japanese Wikipedia entry as being a vessel for spirits or the gods.
"Fool little children by making them think they can win a Wii and give them a pack of tissues instead" game.
What happens here is that players shoot elastic bands at targets to win stuff. There is always a Wii on display giving the impression that they can be won but what happens is that many of the targets are glued down to the table ^^;
Some drummers beat a traditional Japanese drum called a taiko . If the characters on the left looked like squares then it means you don't have Japanese fonts installed. Folks who are learning Japanese may want to install Japanese language packs. I plan to be working with comrades at iKnow to teach you more related Japanese words after each article.