Feb 012012

This Sunday, Feb. 5th, in Asuka (once the capital of Japan, now a small village in Nara Prefecture) a festival called Onda Matsuri will take place.

In addition to religious ceremonies and pantomime of planting rice, you can get some good spanking there. 🙂

Here’s how it looked last year.

Nov 192011

To my surprise, a few days ago I noticed the most popular of my videos was about to pass 5,000 views and my YouTube channel was about to reach 15,000 views. Both numbers were achieved today. And both are very encouraging to share more and more frequently.

While for YouTube videos 5000 views might not be much, I did not expect a change of wheels in a danjiri float might gather as many views. Thank you, it is a big encouragement!

Here is my most popular video from last year’s Danjiri Matsuri in Kishiwada.

After taking part in the festival this year, I have found out I was really lucky to take this video. Most of the danjiri floats have their wheels changed during a break in their bases at a pace much less dramatic than this one.

May 142011

A ceremony commemorating pious Princess Chujo was held today in Taimadera, Nara Pref.

In addition to Buddhist rites, a procession of Boddhisatvas took place on a narrow catwalk inside the temple grounds.

The masks severely limited vision of the performers, and amateur saints were accompanied by seeing-eye helpers. But two “professional” saints performed a unique dance all the way on an elevated walkway.

Long time no see, but straight to Show Me Japan by BudgetTrouble blog.

Feb 062011

On February 3rd, when Japanese people were celebrating the last day of traditional “old year” with Setsubun holiday, Chinese people were celebrating a New Year’s Day.

Nankin Machi is the name for a famous China Town in Kobe. At the time of Chinese New Year huge celebrations are held in the neighborhood.

Lion dance, dragon dance, acrobatic and martial arts shows take place in the central square.

And let it be a Show Me Japan entry for this week BudgetTrouble blog.