子どもの日

6 May

Yesterday was 「子供の日」 (“Children’s Day“) in Japan. The final day of “Golden Week“.
Today most everyone in Japan went back to work or school.

Yesterday, we went to the 「藤まつり」 (“Wisteria flower Festival”) at 「亀戸天神社」 (“Kameido Ten-Jinja Shrine”).

Sign says 「亀戸天神 藤まつり」 ("Kameido Tenjin" Shrine "Wisteria Festival")

藤 (Wisteria flowers)

The "Tokyo Sky Tree" can be seen from this shrine.

"Tokyo Sky Tree" (under construction)

Festivals in Japan have booth selling foods, drinks, etc

It was "Golden Week", so it was quite crowded.

(Click here to see a post I wrote that has a picture of a 浮世絵 (traditional Japanese woodblock print) of this shrine, and how it hasn’t changed much since).

From there, we went to 「亀戸香取神社」 (“Kameido Katori Jinja Shrine“) which honors, among other things, 「亀戸大根」 (the “Kameido Daikon” giant Japanese radish).
This radish grew in the Kameido area of Tokyo even during times of drought. So this shrine lets people “thank” the Kameido Daikon for helping to keep the people of Japan from going hungry during hard times.

This sign says "Kameido Daikon". And "Kameido" is written with the characters resembling a turtle (for the town's name means "turtle door") and a Daikon radish.

There were 八重桜 ("Leafy Sakura") in bloom.

「亀戸大根」 ("Kameido Daikon")

Wash 恵比寿様 (Ebisu-sama) and they'll ensure your good health and fortune.

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16 Responses to “子どもの日”

  1. metalodyssey May 8, 2010 at 12:17 am #

    Very fine pics you took. Tokyo looks like a beautiful city. Golden Week sounds like a fun time… cool post to show and tell what is happening over your way!

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    • tokyo5 May 8, 2010 at 2:56 am #

      >Very fine pics you took.

      Thank you.

      >Tokyo looks like a beautiful city.

      It is. You should come see it.

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  2. Goodeven May 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    I didn’t know what a good place there is.
    I’ll go next year.
    Anyway, I know you like and are familiar with this kind of Japanese culture. So your other families like them, too? Or you always are said like “早く帰ろうよ!!” ?

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    • tokyo5 May 8, 2010 at 2:55 am #

      Yes, you should check it out next year.
      Kameido is well-known for it’s 藤まつり .

      And, yes, my kids aren’t really interested in this kind of thing.
      Actually, they didn’t join us this day…it was only my wife and I.

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  3. Donovan May 7, 2010 at 12:04 am #

    My house is in kinshicho. I am close to everything.

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    • tokyo5 May 7, 2010 at 12:20 am #

      Kinshicho. I’ve been there many times.

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  4. Donovan May 6, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    Yes. I am a video producer and photographer and i want to video all the events In Japan but there doesn’t seem to be a calendar of events that foriegners can follow. Please let’s team up and help the tourists.

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    • tokyo5 May 7, 2010 at 12:09 am #

      >I am a video producer and photographer

      How long have you been in Japan?
      How long are you staying?
      Have you video-taped many Japanese festivals already?

      >i want to video all the events In Japan

      All of the events in the whole country?
      That’s quite an undertaking!

      > but there doesn’t seem to be a calendar of events that foriegners can follow.

      There are some…but I follow the event calendars in Japanese because they’re more accurate and up-to-date than the ones in English.

      As I mentioned above though, I wrote a “Festivals in Japan” page on this site.
      The URL is:
      https://tokyo5.wordpress.com/festivals-in-tokyo/

      >Please let’s team up and help the tourists.

      If you have questions, let me know and I’ll do my best to help.

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  5. Sir Pent May 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    I don’t think I could handle a crowd like that. I would’ve found an empty spot and watched from a distance.

    Also, wanted to let you know that we posted a new song! It’s called I HATE EVERYBODY and they actually let me sing this one. You can listen here:
    http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/2638472

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    • tokyo5 May 7, 2010 at 12:03 am #

      >I don’t think I could handle a crowd like that.

      I grew up in a small town. So I was overwhelmed by the crowds in Tokyo when I first arrived.

      But I love living in this big city…and I’m used to the crowds now. Doesn’t faze me anymore.

      >wanted to let you know that we posted a new song!…they actually let me sing this one.

      OK. I wanna hear you singing.
      I’ll check it out ASAP!

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  6. gigihawaii May 6, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    I have never seen wisteria in person. Your photos are beautiful!

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    • tokyo5 May 6, 2010 at 11:58 pm #

      >Your photos are beautiful!

      Thank you very much.

      >I have never seen wisteria in person.

      I saw on your blog that you’re coming to Tokyo tomorrow…right?
      So you can see them while you’re here. They’re in bloom now.

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      • gigihawaii May 7, 2010 at 3:28 am #

        Alas, we are staying only 3 hrs at Narita Airport before going to Hong Kong.

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      • tokyo5 May 8, 2010 at 2:52 am #

        Oh that’s right.
        I believe you mentioned before that your stop in Tokyo was only a lay-over in the airport.

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  7. Donovan May 6, 2010 at 4:54 am #

    I was there! THere were so many people and bee’s. I will go back today to photograph the flowers. To many people yesterday. Whats next?

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    • tokyo6 May 6, 2010 at 11:46 pm #

      Do you live in Tokyo? Visiting?

      >Whats next?

      Do you mean what festivals are coming up?

      If so…then, two of the biggest festivals in Tokyo are coming up.
      – The 「三社祭り」 (“Sanja Festival“) in Asakusa will be held on May 14 – 16.
      – The 「神田祭り」 (“Kanda Festival“) in Kanda will be help on May 15 – 16.

      Check my “Festivals in Tokyo” page…at:
      https://tokyo5.wordpress.com/festivals-in-tokyo/#may

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