Tokyo, not Rio. The traditional Japanese martial art of Kyudo (弓道).
Oedo Fukagawa Sakura Matsuri In the centre of Tokyo, on one of the canals, the boatmen of the Japanese Boat Society (和船友の会) carry locals and tourists in traditional Japanese boats to admire the wonder of the spring cherry blossom; hanami (literally looking at flowers). From 26 March to 13 April 2016, they are located beside exit 4 of […]
As autumn runs its course in Tokyo, the wonderful colours come out in the trees. Golds, coppers and browns stand out against the blue skies scattered with threatening clouds lit by the still bright sunlight.
The Kagurazaka Matsuri, a festival and with a folk music and dance competition, all rolled into one. The participants dance in front of a group of judges at Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji Temple. The evening was unbelievably hot with humidity running close to 100%. The participants… or maybe contestants dance in effortless uniformity, perfectly coordinated, with the occasional character […]
Rob and Maki’s wedding The bride! And after a change of clothes Geishas from Nihonbashi dance as part of the entertainment On to the second reception And the view that a lot of people had of the final speech before the cake cutting… A uniquely Japanese interpretation of an English cake!
The sights of Roppongi Crossing So it’s a week early, the Saturday before Halloween but that’s no reason not to dress up! 3 little maids… ready for their night out! Walking and texting (probably safer than cycling and texting) Ready for Halloween Fully prepared for the selfie! Why am I here anyway?
Happy? You will be later on, it’s the Malta International Airshow! Germany A German Tornado on static display. Spain Spanish Air Force Patrulla Aguila (“Eagle Patrol”) display of their C-101 Aviojets United Kingdom The Red Arrows display their Hawks… what more to say? Piercing the heart with… you’ve got it, a red arrow You’re going […]
A fabulous evening of fireworks and the odd drink, with many thanks to Greg for the excellent organisation. Apologies to those I didn’t capture but it was a bit dark! (large size versions of the images are there if you click on them or download them)
… 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 […]