Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Yanai Kingyo Choochin Matsuri

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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.

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But, it turns out they are of course not owls, but goldfish, or goldfish lanterns to be exact.

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Goldfish lanterns are a local craft product, so its not surprising that the towns annual matsuri features them.

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On August 13th every year the town holds its Kingyo Choochin Matsuri when teams parade with extra large versions of the lanterns on floats.

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Before and after the matsuri the town is decorated with more than 2,000 regular sized goldfish lanterns.

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Yanai is loacted on the JR Sanyo Line between Hiroshima and Tokuyama (both of which are on the Shinkansen line)

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