|Kid Tai float|
But there are also many neighborhood festivals throughout the year, particularly in summer.
|Taiko drumming at a festival|
|A Gifu festival shrine|
|The Gion festival floats in Kyoto|
The neighborhood festivals often times have an activity attached. Our local festival had a kind of scavenger hunt where we had to answer questions at different stations for a prize. We won shrimp crackers. The girls were pleased. I was hoping for the big money win: a bag of rice.
|The yoyo balloon game|
|Free swords at a neighborhood festival|
At a festival, you could always count on finding the particularly unusual or amusing. Twice we saw a man dressed in diaper and panda mask claiming to be Pandaman. The Onigiri man, wearing a rice ball hat, extolled the virtues of rice balls at a nearby neighborhood festival. Sometimes we'd run into a festival. We love the serendipity of walking around a corner and finding ourselves immersed in revelry.
|Onigiri (rice ball) man at a local festival|
|A Animecon festival|
What kinds of festivals did you attend in your host country? Please share! Anyone attend one of the many naked festivals?
|The Konomiya Naked Festival|