So, before I start writing about the matsuri of Anjo city, I’m going to define the word matsuri according to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_festivals) :
Matsuri (祭) is the Japanese word for a festival or holiday. In Japan, festivals are usually sponsored by a local shrine or temple, though they can be secular.
I went to the matsuri of Anjo City last year, and I had a blast!
There were tons of food stalls, bands playing, people dancing and citizens enjoying everything! It was packed, and it was so freaking hot, but it was definitely worth it! And that counts a lot because I simply cannot stand warm weather!
This year’s matsuri is already happening this weekend, 8/2 until 8/4, which means it will end tomorrow! I’m aware I’m a little bit late, and I’m genuinely sorry about that! These past few days have been crazy, and I’m doing my best to keep up with my posts! 🙂
I wish I could go to the matsuri this year, but unfortunately, I can’t! Anjo is now very far from where I’m living! The matsuri of my city happened last week, but I couldn’t go because I had a terrible fever and headache! :_(
But if you can go tomorrow to Anjo’s matsuri, please do! You won’t regret it, mainly because of the delicious food! 😉
The matsuri’s website is http://www.anjo-tanabata.jp/ and it’s happening around the area from JR Anjo Station to Meitetsu Minami Anjo Station.
These are some of the pictures that I took there last year:
And I filmed this group of taiko and loved it!
Taiko (太鼓) are a broad range of Japanesepercussion instruments. In Japanese, the term refers to any kind of drum, but outside Japan, it is used to refer to any of the various Japanese drums called wadaiko (和太鼓 “Japanese drums”) and to the form of ensemble taiko drumming more specifically called kumi-daiko (組太鼓 “set of drums”). The process of constructing taiko varies between manufacturers, and preparation of both the drum body and skin can take several years depending on method.
Have a great weekend and a great matsuri! Just be careful with the hot sun! 🙂