It’s festival time!

I just love Japan in the Autumn. After the stifling heat of the summer, the season brings dry, sunny days that are perfect for a garden barbecue. As the leaves turn red, yellow and golden brown, the shops displaFullSizeRendery an abundance of newly harvested chestnuts and sweet potatoes. And from September onwards, the sound of the drummers preparing for the festival carries through the cool night air. IMG_1251Kishiwada hosts two Danjiri festivals, the first of which, held in September, is the more famous. In October, however, the towns towards the mountainside hold their own festivals, with men, teenage boys and girls, and even young children pulling the carved wooden danjiri cart around the neighbourhood. It’s hard not to feel a thrill as the parade of carts passes by my house, leaving behind the echoes of the drums, pipes and yells of the team as they encourage each other to pull harder as they speed around the corner.


Published by Helen Otori

Culture and Communication Consultant Owner-Operator of White Rose C.C.C, English Language School in Kishiwada, Japan

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