| Imari, Japan
Oct 24, 2004 15:00
Pros: The Ton Ten Ton Festival
The Ton Ten Ton Festival is a festival held in my city every year.
It involves 3 days of shrines fighting in different locations until
the climax when both shrines fight their way into the river! One
shrine represents the 'god of the fish' and the other is the 'god
of the rice'. They are crashing into each other throughout the weekend(often
falling on and sending people to the hospital) and finally they
fight by the river. When they fall in, whichever is brought out
first is the winner and the following year that god will be lucky
and either the rice paddies will do well or fishing will be good.
Angel (NY State, America), Geovana(Brazil), and I danced in the
street while they played Ton Ten Ton music - then we spent time
looking at the different street vendors set up. There were lots
of them - as there are at all festivals - and they were selling
masks, candied fruits, corn on the cob, octopus, and lots of different
things. It was interesting and I ate candied strawberries - mmm!
We are wearing Yukatas in the pictures. Yukatas are the summer version
Hope you like the pictures. You can also see my city in the background
- can you read the signs?