Category Archives: Events

Festivals, matsuri, events, and gatherings of all kinds.

Trip of A Lifetime Pt Lil Brother! Shingu, Japan 2017

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Nachi no Dengaku

Here is a brief glimpse into Nachi no Dengaku 那智の田楽 by Kari Gröhn

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Kagari Goku – Special Offering

On February 6th, the Shingu Fire Festival is held every year where around 2000 men and boys dress up in white clothing, eat and drink white food, and participate in various purification rites. Here is a picture of a Kagari … Continue reading

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Typhoon Talas – The Worst Typhoon in Kumano’s History

On September 3rd and 4th a slow moving typhoon hovered over Kumano and compounded with Kumano’s own cloud cover to produce record breaking torrential rainfall. Parts of the region received the equivalent of 6 months to 1 years worth of … Continue reading

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Maruyama Senmaida (1000 Rice Paddies)

Here is a quick peek into how a group of farmers in Maruyama in Kiwa Town are getting together to build up the banks of the rice paddies to keep the water in for rice cultivation. The community bands together … Continue reading

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Shingu Fire Festival Part 4

Here is the final installment of the Fire Festival series. Let me know your impressions. I think there are some interesting scenes especially how the adults and kids are relating to each other during this festival. There are not a … Continue reading

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Shingu Fire Festival Part 2

Here is Shingu Fire Festival Part 2 and shows the ‘noboriko’ doing ‘sanshamairi’ where they visit important shrines in the city on their way to Kamikura Jinja (Kamikura Shrine). Most videos on the Otou Matsuri focus on the Fire festival … Continue reading

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Shingu Fire Festival Part 1

This is the first video of 4 videos that I took during the Shingu Fire Festival on February 6th, 2011. Before the festival all the men and boys who participate in the Shingu Fire Festival eat only white food, drink … Continue reading

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The Shingu Fire Festival – Otou Matsuri

Here is an article I wrote for Global Voices of Japan. LINK: http://glovoicesjp.com/etc/english-the-shingu-fire-festival.html?lang=en The Shingu Fire Festival ‘Tanomude! Tanomude! Tanomude!’ This is what you will hear as the sun goes down in Shingu City every year on February 6th. As … Continue reading

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Shingu Fire Festival

Shingu Fire Festival light up! The Shingu Oto Matsuri is held every year on February 6th. This is a little taste of the festival. More to come soon.

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