Monday, May 26, 2014

Local Festival and "mikoshi, Portable Shrine", 2014;

(posted; Japanese culture page)

The festival at Sumiyoshi-shrine, locating next city where my husband was born, was revived 3 years ago. The first privately-owned cement company in Japan founded by Kasai Jinnpachi developed the city. This festival is to commemorate his contribution.
Let me introduce the high light of the festival; Portable Shrines and the Dance of the Dragon , which is the trade mark of the company. 
First and second one was made by one of my husband's band member. 
Link to the more detail about the 2 shrine from last year.

   *First one is modeled after the Tokkuri←link -shaped kiln (we put sake in tokkuri) to burn limestone.  The roof is for the protecting porpouse. This old type of kiln is no longer in use now.

     *Second one is called "セメン樽, semendaru. cement barrel" 
           They used to use barrels to carry cement. 

     *Third  one; Another big company used to make sulfuric acid.                     These crock (hope the right word) were made to put them.

*High light of  Matsuri scene*

Dace of the dragon (trade mark of the cement company) was great.
I'm linking this post to  Blue MondayOur World Tuesday;

Thank you very much for stopping by;
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  1. Great photos, it looks very interesting and I love these Taiko drums.

  2. what a great commemoration of a company/man that founded a town! i like it!

  3. I remember those omikoshi from your past post. Their shapes are very unique! Looks like it was nice day for the festival. The taiko performance looks super!
    Have a wonderful new week, Miyako san!

  4. Dearest Miyako,
    Great initiative for celebrating this as a festival. Great history and looks like quite a fun festival for all.
    Hugs to you and happy new week.

  5. A lovely informative post, Miyako. Thank you. I love the drums, it looks like everyone really enjoyed taking part in the festival.

    Love from New Zealand.

  6. Lovely photo's and an interesting post.

  7. A wonderful colourful festival Miyako!
    The Taiko drums are spectacular and the dragon is wonderful!

  8. I like that the town recognises this man and his company. Beautiful shots!

  9. Hello Miyako, what a fun festival. It is great that the town honors the man and the company that developed the city.. I love the dance of the dragon.. Great post, have a happy week!

  10. Hello Miyako, thank you for explaining about the festival to honour what is now an important part of your town's culture.
    Many people would have worked there and so much history lives within the kilns.
    I saw in your post of 2013, the little sweets in the shape of the barrel. Such a lot of detail and planning goes into this day doesn't it.
    I love how the sake bottles look in the link page - they are beautifully made and would grace any table and home so well.
    Thank you for showing us some more of your culture and practices, it is so interesting.
    (yes, 'crock' is how we'd describe them too). Cheerio and good wishes :D)

  11. Hi Miyako,

    I love your post; it has many blues. Thanks for sharing today.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  12. Fascinating post!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

  13. Miyako ~ Always love to see your 'traditions' in your colorful photography ~ Great shots for OWT ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  14. A wonderful, interesting post for the day!! Thank you for sharing, Miyako! Your photos are superb and so delightfully colorful!! Enjoy your week!

  15. Such an interesting post and wonderful photos. Thank you for taking the time to share with all of us. Blessings, Anne

  16. It's so fascinating to learn about your culture. Such a colorful, festive place. The old kiln is really neat. :)

  17. What a fascinating tradition!

  18. Japan has so many wonderful festivals!!
    your photos are great Miyako san!!!

  19. There are so many great Festivals ... the dancers look so bright and cheerful -- I would love to watch them.

  20. thanks for the peek at the festival (Pearl @Humanyms,