Decorated Streets overarching bamboo poles and some
lighted decorations make the town festive
Ice Man Cometh a stop at the local ice shop to bring home some ice
Sweet Shop a vendor explains what is in a cake she hopes to sell
Male Dancers dressed in Yukata perform a traditional dance
was in town as well (note sign at upper right)
Elephants you gotta have Pachyderms for a circus!
Arcade Entrance decorated with flowering cherry boughs
Typical Farmer or perhaps a laborer is passed by the parade
Princess is borne by her retinue
Sturdy Steed is pulling something that is not in the photo
a figure of mythology with a prominent nose and flowing beard
Veterans Group Japanese Corporals join the parade
Cross - but not angry - Dresser this man gets to be Geisha for a day
is seen as a mischievous animal with large gonads. (No wonder these men
dressed up this way!)
Tannuki (Japanese Raccoon dog) is not the same species as the American raccoon
Minstrels play for the crowd
Otokonoko no Kodomo
(naked boy) this little guy came to town in his skin suit. He is in
front of a tobacco "Ta Ba Ko" shop.
Red Devil but not a 508er!
This Hannya (般若) mask
is used in Japanese Noh theater, representing a jealous female demon or
serpent. Don't mess with her!
(photos courtesy Fitz Blum)
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