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
In this first of four posts, the sequence of photos show the procession to the rice paddy to be planted.
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.
I'll post more photos over the next few days.
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.