Not so many words but a lot of pictures from a very busy Saturday.
Lots of stuff happening in Tokyo this weekend, in addition to my quest to find an apartment. Jidai Matsuri was held in Asakusa, and there were numerous events celebrating Meiji’s birthday at Meiji-Jingu Shrine. Several videos of the events are included as well.
This is from Meiji Shrine, traditional mochi-pounding:
Mikoshi from Jidai Matsuri:
There’s something sort of surreal about seeing these salarymen and little kids (Japan has some of the cutest kids in the universe) in traditional garb performaing Shinto rites that have roots thousands of years in the past with the modern backdrop of Asakusa behind them – the Meiji Shrine, at least, is set off in the woods. Japan has always seemed to me a curious mix of ancient and modern, and a society that treasures it’s past yet also sometimes treats it with a shockingly cavalier attitude (I can’t tell you how many lovely pre-war wooden buildings I’ve seen in the process of being demolished) and nowhere is that more true than in Tokyo.