Friday, May 6, 2011

Kawado Childrens Matsuri

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Thursday was the annual Childrens Matsuri acroos the river in Kawado. As well as a small mikoshi, the kids pull a small float of a family of Enko, the local name for Kappa.

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The matsuri begins, as all matsuris should, with a ceremony in the local shrine. This year it seemed to be better attended than last.

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And then they are off, parading the mikoshi and float around the village to the accompaniement of drum and flute.

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I dont have the stats to hand right now, but the birth-rate here in the countryside is just about sustainable. Its in the cities, Tokyo especially, that the birth rate is way below the level needed to sustain the population.

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Anyway, the kids had a great time, and if they didnt then their parents did

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