2009年夏の「みたままつり」

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Yesterday (2009 July 13), we went to the first day of the 2009 「みたま祭」 (Mitama Festival).

This year this festival is from Monday, July 13 until Thursday, July 16. So, if you’re currently in the Tokyo area you can go to this festival. It’s at the 靖国神社 (Yasukuni Shrine).

靖国神社 (Yasukuni Shrine) is where Japan enshrines all who have died in battle defending Japan. I wrote a bit about it in another post…click here.

We have been to 靖国神社 (Yasukuni Shrine) many times, and we go to the 「みたま祭」 (Mitama Festival) nearly every year.
I wrote a post about this festival last year…click here to see it. That post has videos and a slideshow of photos.

In the summertime in Japan, there are many Obon festivals…which are festivals to honor the deceased. And, as I wrote above, 靖国神社 (Yasukuni Shrine) is Japan’s shrine for the war-dead. So the 「みたま祭」 (Mitama Festival) is a festival to honor the war-dead.

They were heading to the festival.

They were heading to the festival.

They say: "Mitama Festival, July 13-16. Yasukuni Shrine"

They say: "Mitama Festival, July 13-16. Yasukuni Shrine"

At the festival many people wear ゆかた and じんべい (Japanese traditional summer outfits).

At the festival many people wear ゆかた and じんべい (Japanese traditional summer outfits).

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At many summer festivals in Japan, there are haunted house attractions. These have been popular at summer festivals since long ago in Japan because it’s said that the chills from the fright help cool you off in the summer heat. (Horror movies are also popular in the summertime in Japan for the same reason).

Here’s the outside of the Haunted House attraction at 「みたま祭」 (Mitama Festival):

「ろくろ首」 ("Long neck Geisha Ghost") is a old traditional ghost story.

「ろくろ首」 ("Long neck Geisha Ghost") is a old traditional ghost story.

As usual, we had a good time at the 「みたま祭」 (Mitama Festival) even though it was a hot day. We had 焼きそば (Grilled Noodles) and beer, watched the ねぶた (Nebuta) float parade, and our kids played festival stall games.

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10 Responses to “2009年夏の「みたままつり」”

  1. gilbert July 17, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    Well, yes, maybe Japanese have just polished the art of scaring to the perfection. Like many other thinks, of course!

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    • tokyo5 July 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm #

      Well, Japanese horror stories are quite different from Western ones.

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  2. gilbert July 17, 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    Wonderful pictures, thank you for posting them. However, I think Japanese horror and the obsession with scary stuff is…really really frightening sometimes:)

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    • tokyo5 July 17, 2009 at 5:10 pm #

      I wouldn’t say the Japanese are “obsessed” with horror.

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  3. bartman905 July 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm #

    I dropped by after work yesterday and took some pictures, but didn’t stay to eat. Yes, it was hot and very crowded.

    I’ll have to write a blog post about it later.

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    • tokyo5 July 17, 2009 at 11:47 am #

      >it was hot and very crowded

      Yes, but it’s a fun festival. I usually go every year.

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  4. naoko July 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm #

    It’s the most scarist ろくろクビ I’ve ever seen!

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    • tokyo5 July 17, 2009 at 11:45 am #

      The haunted house at that festival is pretty scary, too!

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  5. damselvirgin July 15, 2009 at 8:29 pm #

    Sometimes we honor the dead and forget the living, when we should be doing both.

    But being cool by the fright of watching horror movies. That’s the first time I’ve heard of that. Interesting.

    I love to read about the traditions of other countries, and sometimes wonder why they do it? Maybe I think too much.

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    • tokyo5 July 15, 2009 at 10:56 pm #

      >But being cool by the fright of watching horror movies. That’s the first time I’ve heard of that.

      Horror movies and haunted houses aren’t popular in the summertime in your country?
      It’s common in Japan.

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