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Iwaseo Hachiman-gū Matsuri

A few weeks ago I told you about Iwaseo Hachiman shrine and about the fact that its Fall Matsuri was going to take place a few days later. Of course, it was out of the question to miss it. Yes, I know, I was in Japan then to cover the Setouchi International Art Festival, but that was not going to prevent me from also enjoying more Matsuri than I had ever attended before (well, that was not going to be hard as I had witnessed only one before that trip).

I won’t be too talkative for this post, I’m going to let you –hopefully- enjoy the pictures and the video. The latter is a little long, I know that most readers don’t have the patience to watch videos until the end if they’re longer than a couple of minutes when they read a blog (I understand, I can be the same at times), but just like the ones from Saijō Matsuri, I really advise you to entirely watch it, especially if you’ve never been to a Matsuri so that you can understand the different types of Matsuri that exist in Japan. You’ve seen two giant ones, here is a small neighborly one.


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Yep, this is what Samurai are up to in the 21st Century: holding Matsuri banners...


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Apparently, there also was a mini Awa Odori going on. Too bad I missed it.


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The reason why I couldn’t find a single pair of “foot mittens” (ok, their real name is Tabi) in town: they had been all bought by the locals to wear during the Matsuri with their Jika-Tabi! (and by the way, I really want to get a pair one day, although I’m not sure where and when I’ll be able to wear them in France)


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 I’m not going to teach you anything here but Kawaii is ubiquitous, it’s even in traditional gathering like this one where you wouldn’t except it.


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Don’t ask me what they were doing there…


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(although I’m not totally sure it’s called a Taikodai, if anybody knows for sure, feel free to intervene)


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