Friday, May 6, 2011
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.
The matsuri begins, as all matsuris should, with a ceremony in the local shrine. This year it seemed to be better attended than last.
And then they are off, parading the mikoshi and float around the village to the accompaniement of drum and flute.
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.
Anyway, the kids had a great time, and if they didnt then their parents did