Cool, beautiful, riverside "Kanzeon - Bodhisattva Lantern Festival" in Matsudo!
ven. 10 août à 11:00
Experience the delights of a cool summer night at the: "Kanzeon~ Bodhisattva Festival " or "Kento-matsuri" & "Tosaka Votive light festival", wonderful events held along the banks of the Sakagawa river which flows through old Matsudo. Enjoy the cool of the evening while tasting the delights & atmosphere of an old Japanese fair with many food stalls & gorgeous illuminations from more than 1000 lanterns which curve for 500 meters along the river where one can enjoy strolling while wearing festive yukata & other traditional costumes of the season. (Come as you are or dress up for fun!) In Edo times, Matsudo-juku (Travelers inn) flourished as a vital post town on the Mito-kaido highway & was a major hub of transportation along the river. Here, grilled corn with soy sauce was sold at Kanzeon Bodhisattva Festival in midsummer each year. Beside old Matsuura Temple, the summer event "Toumorokoshi-Ichi" or "corn city" continues from the Edo period. All around a fragrant scent spreads. Customers eager to taste savory corn make a long queue! In hot weather, the sweet, delicious locally grown corn, hand-roasted one by one on a charcoal fire is very popular! Join "Sekaroku" performed at the Saka river like this: Buy a "Grandma's Dream Lantern" made by local volunteers at 500 yen for each lamp. Add color with pens & markers as you like, write down your prayer or image & let it float out on the river from the pier next to the brick bridge. "In old days people offered lights & prayed at the Bodhisattva festival to give thanks for blessings of nature by floating lights on the Sakagawa as offerings to the nearby temples & shrines." Lanterns flow slowly toward the Chunpu Bridge & gather in front of "Sakagawa Hiroba" a special stage. The way the lanterns flow while raising the flickering light on the river is truly fantastic, it's a sight that you'll always want to remember! The precious lanterns everyone sent are carefully collected & will be burned in the Song Shrine temple at a later date. 2018 event poster: https://kawazuzakura.wixsite.com/kentou/blank-7
Taiko drumming at the riverside, gorgeous illuminations, cold drinks, shamisen music, songs, "Corn City", famous food stalls, Enro Sashimi, Special Stage Events, Old Matsudo Photographic Exhibition, a "Most Beautiful Yukata" contest & much more! Find "nagomi" (calmness) "yasuragi" (peace) & "natsukashii" (nostalgia) in this uniquely historic town! It's easy to get to Matsudo, so why don't we all go? Just 20 minutes with no transfers on the JR Joban Line from Nippori station, and 42 minutes from Kasumigaseki on the Metro Chiyoda Line, so this might be the perfect Friday get-away for many of you! (The festival starts at 3pm, so come early if you want to. I'll be there!) http://matsudo-yasashii-labo.jp/theme07/160.html https://kawazuzakura.wixsite.com/kentou/blank https://kawazuzakura.wixsite.com/kentou/blank-3
NOTE: Coming late, being a "no-show" or changing your RSVP after the deadline impacts both members & organizers, so please be considerate. This is a non-smoking meetup. If you smoke, do so in proper smoking areas. Summer weather is changeable. A folding umbrella may be useful! Comments & suggestions for future meetups are always welcome! Thanks! Your organizer, Kerry D @}:^)