image001Some work is infinitely more exciting than other jobs.  Watanabe san, an enthusiastic and insistent customer at Blue & White urged us to take part in  the Hatoyama Jinja/ Shrine market that he was helping to plan on the 15th and 16th of September.  With scant enthusiasm, we agreed to bring Blue & White to the market.  Hayasawa san, the unadventurous manager of Blue & White  who luckily prefers to stay in the shop, unfortunately for her, went to the festival on Saturday, the rainy day of the weekend, while Sunday was the only day I could attend and fortuitiously it happened to be  a perfect Matsuri day.  Bright sun and even brighter spirits and dress!

image003Enthusiasm was palpable and all ages were decked in their best Matsuri gear.

image005Sakura and her Father wore matching yellow festival jackets to lead the parade from Takashimaya in Nihonbashi to Sendagaya, a long hot walk for a 10 year old dog!  They were followed by the 10 portable shrines of Hatoyama Shrine.

image007Each Omikoshi has its distinctive costume as well as its own house at the shrine, which also boasts a miniature Mt. Fuji that you can climb and accrue blessings.

image0095 Shrine priests blessed boy scouts and matsuri participants, even me! Everyone was decked out in their special outfit. And they were all spectacular.

image011Costume was stunning!

image013Everyone was pleased to pose!

image015The bold bravado of people and their outfits was on parade. Japanese indigo and design at their jaunty best.  They strengthened the sense of community identification.

image017Brilliant design.  Blue & white, of course!

image019Women brought their own chic.  Old men, young children, everyone took part.


image023Style options.


image027The 5 shrine priests waved their branches of sacred Sakaki to bless the convocation.

image029There is costume for most occupations in Japan.  The police warm my heart with their stand out blue and white, except when their lights are flashing behind me!

After leaving Hatoyama Matsuri, I rushed back to Blue & White in Azabu Juban which was also having its own children’s festival.  I was surprised to see plain white festival jackets and a fairly lackluster parade, though admittedly it was the 2nd festival in one month after the HUGE and famous Juban Matsuri at the end of August.  They may have been festivalled out.

image031My heart had been won over by this winsome little girl in blue and white at Hatoyama Jinja (shrine) Matsuri in Sendagaya, a new future destination when I have visitors looking for natural, authentic, genuine Japan!

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10 Responses to MATSURI SURPRISE

  1. Edward McCabe says:

    Thank you.

  2. namiyama says:

    I felt like already being in Japan! 🙂 Thank you for your enthusiastic post



  3. Li says:

    Did you notice in your “women” crowd picture, a bystander wearing a headscarf? Hope she enjoyed the parade.

  4. Barbara Davies says:

    Thank you for taking us with you to the festival in your pictures! Barbara Davies/florasgarden ________________________________

  5. Glen Baker says:

    Thank you so much Amy! I so look forward to your posts.

  6. Carol Ann Eades says:

    Thank you so much – I so enjoy reading your posts – making me so wanting to return to my very favourite place on this earth where each and every sense is constantly overwhelmed.

  7. How right you are! Every sense indeed!
    Please do return. The beat goes on!
    Thank you always for writing.

  8. Jean May says:

    Somehow we were dropped from the mailing, but Julie spotted it and oh, my, what a spectacular blue and white blog. Wonderful, marvelous, blue and white was meant to be. Missing you, Mayzie

  9. you? dropped? our staunchest supporter! Shame on us! It will never happen again! SORRY! Miss you too!


  10. Dupee, Judith H says:

    Wonderful Amy! You always capture the spirit with your photos and words. Reminds me of our trips to Chichibu to participate in the festival there years ago. Love these posts! Thank you, Judy

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