区民祭り

12 Oct

Every October we go to our local 区民祭 (Residents Festival). And when my kids were in the sixth grade, they were each in the festival’s marching band parade.

This year, my youngest daughter is in the sixth grade.

The 区民祭 (Residents Festival) was today and we just got home from it. My youngest daughter played the trombone in the parade.

This will be the last time any of my kids participate in this festival’s marching band. Of course we videotaped her in the parade (just as we did when her older sisters played in the parade).

Every ward in Japan has a local 区民祭 (Residents Festival) and they’re all a bit different (we’ve been to many of them…not just our local one).
A few things that they all have in common is the booths that sell food and drinks that are staples of Japanese festivals…but they also sell local specialties. They also have stages with local clubs and bands performing. And the local merchants and clubs have booths in which people can buy their wares…and in some cases, make something to take home–for free (for example, the local carpenters help kids make bookcases or stools to keep for free).

Here are a couple videos of booths selling food:

And here’s a huge pot of a delicious soup that was being sold:

And a video of it:

Do you know 太鼓 (Japanese Taiko giant drum)?
There was a 太鼓 (Japanese Taiko giant drum) show:

And three videos of the 太鼓 (Japanese Taiko giant drum) show:

There was a booth selling 盆栽 (Bonsai trees) too.
The least expensive one was ¥10,000 (about US$90):

They even had pony rides for the little kids. Here’s the pony on his break:

As it is every year…it was a good time!

8 Responses to “区民祭り”

  1. tokyo5 October 14, 2008 at 9:02 am #

    Mom…

    >what kind os soup was it?

    みそ汁 (Miso soup). (In English: Japanese soy soup).

    >the cheaper ones (Bonsai) were about $15.

    The cheapest ones at that festival were about US$90.

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  2. Mom October 14, 2008 at 6:47 am #

    p.s. I can’t even remember the number of bonsai trees I have bought over the years but we never had luck with any of them. I never do well with any plant-it is doomed to death when it comes home with me. never do it intentionally, and never sure of exactly what I am doing wrong, just don’t have a green thumb I guess. they have always been expensive here, but there were usually inexpensive ones to choose from too. the cheaper ones were about $15. if I remember correctly and the older, bigger ones could go for a few hundred because of their age. they are wonderful plants, I wish I could have kept one of mine alive.

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  3. Mom October 14, 2008 at 6:41 am #

    The festival looks like it would lots of fun to attend. I have never seen such a huge pot before! what kind os soup was it? I loved the drummers too, very talented! I wish I could have been there to hear youngest daughter play the trambone, one of my favorite instruments. I’m sure she did a great job and made everyone proud! Love to read about everything,you do a great job with this website.

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  4. tokyo5 October 14, 2008 at 2:35 am #

    mothernaturesgardenさん、

    Thank you. I added your site to my links section too (under “Friends”).
    Please visit my site often (and comment anytime).

    The photos on your site are very nice. I have some “nature” photos on my site too (Sakura flowers, Japanese gardens, Plum flowers, Bonsai, Koi fish, turtles, Cicadas, beetles, etc).

    Thanks again.

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  5. mothernaturesgarden October 14, 2008 at 1:52 am #

    I find your blog very interesting and added you to my sidebar so I may visit you again.
    Donna

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  6. tokyo5 October 14, 2008 at 12:03 am #

    liftingshadows….

    >wow. they (the 盆栽 (Bonsai)) are very nice. and I think that also very old. mine is only 3 years old (as the seller said)

    I don’t know how old the 盆栽 (Bonsai) in my photos are. I didn’t ask.
    But that’s a good point…盆栽 (Bonsai) can get quite old!

    Good luck with yours. I’ve never tried to care for one. But my wife’s grandfather had many 盆栽 (Bonsai) that he used to trim all the time.
    It’s said to be very relaxing and mentally therapeutic.

    bartman905…

    >Sounds like a great festival and looks like you had fun. I loved the taiko drums especially. Thanks again for sharing.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting so often!
    Yes, this festival is fun. We have been going every year for a long time.

    I like 太鼓 (Taiko), too!

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  7. bartman905 October 13, 2008 at 9:36 pm #

    Sounds like a great festival and looks like you had fun. I loved the taiko drums especially. Thanks again for sharing.

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  8. liftingshadows October 13, 2008 at 2:32 am #

    wow. they are very nice. and I think that also very old. mine is only 3 years old (as the seller said)

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