Bye to Summer Matsuri (Festivals)

Summer Matsuri Festival Participants

Portable Shrine at Tama Plaza's Matsuri

Can you believe that summer is coming to an end?  It feels like yesterday that I was looking at this End of the School Year party theme.  I haven’t even had time to throw it yet!  Needless to say, I’m just a bit behind :)

Summer is the season of matsuri (aka. festivals; pronounced: maht-sue-rie) in Japan, where women and men walk the streets dressed in traditional yukata and kimonos.  It’s so nice to run into a festival on an afternoon stroll.  These pictures were taken 3 weeks ago in Yokohama.  We happened to be waiting for our family while a group was preparing for the day’s matsuri.  I happened to run into matsuri three times this summer – such great luck!

The summer festivals end around this time with a bang – fireworks in very crowded parks by the river.  Usually millions of people go to see these festivals.  Way too crowded for me!  Now that the season is coming to a close, it’s time to say hello to milder temperatures, autumn leaves, and early sunsets.  In the meantime, I’ll be cherishing these last few summer days!

Tama Plaza Matsuri Participants

Tama Plaza Summer Matsuri

Truck that pulls the portable shrine at the Tama Plaza Summer Matsuri

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