Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri

… a summer festival in Tokyo

Shrines carried around the ward in a huge, slow-moving procession with the temperature in the high 30’s. How else would you spend a Sunday morning?

This is before the parade even arrives, the people in the truck filled with water from a fire hydrant pour water over a tourist who needs to cool off a bit… at her request.

 

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The police ask everyone to move back, making excellent use of their hi-tech megaphones.  Everything is in good spirits…


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With all that water flying around a plastic bag is a necessity if you’re megaphone isn’t a yellow plastic one…

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Some early practice…
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Some happier than others.


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Geishas singing in costume

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More practice… everyone loves a drenching!


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And so, to the parade. This lot don’t have water thrown over them.


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Makeup perfect, which is amazing given the heat.
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Back to the water throwing but this time with shrines as targets.

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They really do go for it!

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Hold that shrine up!

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Bit damp?

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There is a limit to how many shrines I can enjoy seeing soaked… and this is about it.

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That said, the atmosphere was amazing – this is a must-see in Tokyo!






















































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