Children’s Day

I’m currently going though my old photos and came across these which I haven’t posted up.  Expect more random photos over the next few weeks.

Children’s Day in Japan is 5th May and is a national holiday to respect the personality and well-being of children.  Originally celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th moon of the year on the lunar calendar, this changed to the 5th of May when Japan moved over to the Gregorian calendar about 150 years ago.

Just around the corner from where I was living, they have an annual festival where the local children dress up, carry a portable shrine (divine palanquin to be 100% correct, or Mikoshi in Japanese) around the town, and pull a drummer on a cart.  Other children carry a donation box.  Some of the adults beat wooden blocks together, while another blows on a whistle.

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