Wednesday, December 1, 2010
When I first saw these draincovers in Yanai, a small town on the south coast of Yamaguchi Prefecture, I wondered what relevance owls had to the town.
But, it turns out they are of course not owls, but goldfish, or goldfish lanterns to be exact.
Goldfish lanterns are a local craft product, so its not surprising that the towns annual matsuri features them.
On August 13th every year the town holds its Kingyo Choochin Matsuri when teams parade with extra large versions of the lanterns on floats.
Before and after the matsuri the town is decorated with more than 2,000 regular sized goldfish lanterns.
Yanai is loacted on the JR Sanyo Line between Hiroshima and Tokuyama (both of which are on the Shinkansen line)