ミタマ祭

17 Jul

The day before yesterday, I had to go up to Saitama for a few hours.

Do you know what station this lion statue is near?

Here’s a short video I took of a Game Center (video game arcade) in Saitama:

And here’s a video I took while walking into the train station:

And this is on the platform, waiting for the train:

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Then, that evening, I met my family at the 靖国神社 (Yasukuni Shrine) for the annual みたま祭 (Mitama Festival).

This festival takes place during お盆 (O-bon) (click here to read my FAQ about O-bon). Most of Japan has Obon in August…but it’s often celebrated in July in Tokyo.

Here’s a video of the outside of the Haunted House attraction at the Mitama Festival:

And all around Japan during the summer there are many festivals big and small that have 盆踊り (Bon Dancing) to remember the deceased. Here’s a video of the Bon Dance at the Mitama Festival:

青森県 (Aomori Prefecture) in Northern Japan has a cool festival called ねぶた祭り (Nebuta Festival).

At the Mitama Festival in Tokyo, a group of Nebuta Festival dancers come and do a show.
Here are two videos that I took of them:

Finally, here’s a slideshow that I made of some photos I took at the festival:

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9 Responses to “ミタマ祭”

  1. tokyo5 January 12, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    Mei_Chii…

    Are one of your parents Japanese?
    What country do you live?

    Sorry, I have never used Yahoo Messenger. Actually, I don’t even know what it is.

    But if you have any questions about Japan, feel free to add them here and I’ll answer as best I can.

    Hope that helps.

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  2. Mei_Chii January 12, 2009 at 5:32 pm #

    Konnichiwa, I am indeed very interested about Japan and everything that I must know about it, I have Japanese blood although I never had a chance to drop by there for even once I do still want to know more than I know in my current awareness. If it’s a burden to have a formal conversation with you it’s alright, but if you have time kindly add my Yahoo Messenger for I want to know Japan from you: Mei_Chii@yahoo.com

    thanks a lot

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  3. tokyo5 July 24, 2008 at 2:08 am #

    rzapanta…

    I love the festivals in Japan. I always go to as many as possible!

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  4. rzapanta July 23, 2008 at 10:41 pm #

    The latest issue of Metropolis (July 18, 2008 ) actually had a very useful page listing both fireworks and festival event happening in the next few weeks – very helpful.

    See: http://www.metropolis.co.jp/fireworks.asp

    We’ll try to attend a few of these for the fun and experience.

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  5. tokyo5 July 23, 2008 at 10:57 am #

    >That would be fantastic if you would like the upcoming festivals in your blog.

    I started the page. It’s not finished yet…still working on it.

    It’s here:
    https://tokyo5.wordpress.com/festivals-in-tokyo/

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  6. tokyo5 July 23, 2008 at 12:06 am #

    rzapanta…

    >It was great to see people dancing, eating and just having fun.

    Must have been a お盆祭り (O-bon Festival).
    Did you join in the festival?

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  7. rzapanta July 22, 2008 at 11:52 pm #

    Yes, I try to read the weekly Metropolis magazine whenever I can get it. That would be fantastic if you would like the upcoming festivals in your blog. Wow, ice sculptures in the Ueno Summer Festival in this heat!

    By chance, we ran into a small local festival near where we live last Sunday. It was great to see people dancing, eating and just having fun.

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  8. tokyo5 July 22, 2008 at 11:15 pm #

    rzapanta…

    >how does one find out all the festivals (as you say, there are big and small ones) scheduled in Tokyo?

    Well, there are advertisements for festivals in the trains and train stations, most train stations have a bulletin of upcoming festivals, most towns have bulletin boards of local festivals, and the newspapers and magazines mention them.

    That’s how I find out about them. But all of that information is in 日本語 (Japanese).

    In English, the English-language newspapers and “Metropolis” magazine (do you know about this magazine?) mention some of the major festivals.

    But the Japanese listings are better. The English periodicals only mention major festivals…and not all of them.

    Actually, I have been considering adding a listing of upcoming festivals to this blog.
    What do you think?

    BTW, there’s a festival going on now in 上野 (Ueno). The 「上野夏祭」 (“Ueno Summer Festival”).
    Do you know Ueno?
    If you went today, you would’ve seen ice sculptures being made.

    I’ve usually go to this festival most years. I didn’t go today, though.

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  9. rzapanta July 22, 2008 at 2:07 pm #

    Nice videos about the Mitama Festival. I am curious – how does one find out all the festivals (as you say, there are big and small ones) scheduled in Tokyo?

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