Last weekend we went to the summer festival (matsuri) in the Osu Kannon area of Nagoya and had an interesting time. It was rainy earlier in the day. Here's a cute family dressed up in their summer kimonos (yukata) and visiting a temple. Lots of people wear yukatas to summer festivals.
Here's a crew setting up the fireworks that were to be set off later that night. We had to go home before they went off, though, and missed them.
Here's a picture Caitlin took while nearly being ploughed over by a parade float. How do you say "Get out of the way!!" again?
A squad of Taiko drummers doing their thing.
A stuffed bear in front of one of the shops.
A man dressed up as a blue fairy being interviewed by the media--yes, that's right. The world Cosplayers convention was in town and there was a parade. Cosplay is a Japanese word that is short of "costume play"--it is people who dress up like their favorite comic book or animation characters. I was actually sitting in the first and only Mexican resturaunt we've ever seen in Japan, enjoying a very tasty burrito when the cosplayers parade went by. The crowd trapped us in the resturaunt but we were able to snap the following bizarre shots...
The international language of: "Duuude!"
That's all folks!