Sunday, May 31, 2009

Rice planting the old way. Tauebayashi Matsuri

Spent a great morning today downriver in the village of Kawahira for the Tauebayashi matsuri.



Tauebayashi is a rice-planting worksong from this region of Japan, and kawahira is one of a handful of villages that still perform it. They performed it at last summers Horanenya Matsuri in Gotsu Honmachi

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In this first of four posts, the sequence of photos show the procession to the rice paddy to be planted.

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It was a full matsuri, with lots of tasty local food at cheap prices, no crowds, and very friendly people, all attributes of village matsuri's that I enjoy.

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I'll post more photos over the next few days.

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If your only experience of matsuri has been at some of the big, famous, city-based matsuri's, then you have missed a really wonderful part of Japan.

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3 comments:

  1. I love this....thank you every time!

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  2. Thanks for your beautiful pics. We learn a lot through them and your descriptions. Ronan

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  3. WONDERFUL!!!
    I didn't know anything about this subject
    Thanks a lot

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