Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

After my excessive lunch yesterday I decided to go for a walk to burn some of it off.   I didn’t realize the local temples where having their annual ‘matsuri’ so the streets where full of lots of things to photograph…

Today’s Configuration: Leica M9 with a Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 and Summilux 35mm f/1.4.   FujiFilm x100.

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

It’s a bit hard to explain a Matsuri if you haven’t experienced one but basically people gather in town squares to socialize, drink and occasionally carry this float around… I’ll let the pictures try to explain it better than I am.

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

It started to rain a bit but thankfully passed quickly…

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

…poor cat.

Cat on a leash

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

I saw this little boy, no older than 3, walking around by himself.  He was extremely adventurous.  His father was watching him from a distance.   I was surprised how fearless he was.

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

If you like what you saw today, please share it by clicking one of the links below.   Thanks and see you tomorrow!

 

  • CharlesKoh

    Dave… damn .. i’m jealous ! you live in a wonderful city – so many things to see and photograph :) great to see you back in happening Asia !

  • http://blog.woodsb.net/ Woods

    Cool set ! I like the 4th one with the guy looking back at you.
    — Woods

  • Patty

    Welcome back to Tokyo!

    Your blog today answers the question of what I ran into last year at about this time (maybe 1-2 weeks later in September) in Shibuya. I snuck out of the classes my husband and I were teaching and I wandered the streets and, apparently, ran into a Matsuri! Great fun!

  • Julio

    Amazing, Dave! Looks like the festival was a lot of fun.

  • gordon

    great facial reactions except for the poor cat.

  • http://liusviaphotos.wordpress.com/ Nathan

    Welcome back sir.
    Nice shots..bokehlicious…

    Is April a good time to visit Tokyo Dave?

  • Dave

    It’s lovely. Time it right so you get to see the Cherry Blossoms….

  • Dave

    Patty – They can be a big surprise if you didn’t know what you were bumping into ….

  • Dave

    Thanks Woods…

  • Dave

    Charles… Looking forward to shooting in October with you. I do feel very luck to have Tokyo as my home to shoot…

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