This past weekend, our local shrine had it's annual festival - the Hikawa Matsuri. We went to check it out Saturday night and John took some photos of the event.
In the center of the grounds a booth was built for a man to play a drum while people did traditional dances in a circle around it.
|Bon Odori Dances|
There were tons of food stalls selling everything from grilled fish on sticks to chocolate dipped bananas on sticks. Most of the food was on sticks, actually.
There were also a number of stalls with children's games including little pools to catch goldfish, and other water games involving toys.
It was a hot sticky night just before a typhoon rolled in, but it was fun to stroll around taking in the smells and sights at a little community event. Something about lanterns in the nighttime just makes everything seem magical.