Daily photos from Kitakami, a small town in Northern Japan, and its surroundings.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
A bouquet to all of you in the world
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Blue power shovel, enjoying a well deserved rest
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Up and away
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Fascinating fire engine
A mother-and-child-group visits the Kitakami fire station.
Fire engine with the city's mascot as emblem.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
In a local handicraft shop
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Festival theme week, end.
Fireworkers on duty, but not seeming to mind:
She just made him get up from his sofa to come and watch the parade with her:
More colourful couple:
Green order and security men everywhere:
Severe jury: "Did you see her, she isn't doing her dance steps properly!"
The where more interested in themselves than in the parade:
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Festival theme week, part 3
Today, I will show you some other groups participating at the procession.
I still wonder how there could be spectators (and there were many!) - the whole town's population seemed to participate at the festival. Probably all visitors came from other cities.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Festival theme week, part 2
In Japan, the ages of 25 and 42 are considered as important and often hard ones, where you may have to take difficult decisions and which might be important turning points of your life.
There are many 42-year-old inhabitants in Esashi!
Those who are not endued with musical or dancing skills have a less exciting duty.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Festival theme week, part 1
I have so many nice pictures from last weeks festival that I decided to use at least some of them for a special theme week about this festival. (Although it's not exactly in Kitakami, but in the small neighbourtown Esashi, 10 km south. But Kitakami has a very similar festival in late summer.).
Housewifes dedicated to traffic safety.
Tomorrow, I'll show you the procession's special events.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Another custom of kodomo no hi is to raise the carp-shaped koinobori flags in front of the house. You see them all over Japan at this moment. The big black carp is the father, the smaller red one the mother - and then there is a small one for each boy; although some families now put one for each child.
The silk carps are also raised as decoration at lots of places, here at the cherry avenue along the Kitakami river.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Kodomo no hi
Yesterday was "Children's Day", a japanese national holiday. Until 1948, this day was only known as Boy's day. One of the customs of this day is to display sumptuos (and expensive) samurai accessories, usually a helmet (kabuto), but sometimes also swords and costumes, like on this photos.
This is on of the numerous kodomo no hi-arrangements sold in all department stores and some smaller shops specialised in such traditional stuff.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
May theme day: City exchange
This month's theme is " Post a photo of another city (than yours)", so here it is - though it's not exactly a city, not even a village:
Fereriwo, a temporary settlement of Fulani semi nomadic herders, in the Sahel of Burkina Faso (West Africa).
I had the chance to do ethnobotanical field research there, spending every year 4 to 6 weeks at this place, during five years. It was a fantastic experience.
The women of Fereriwo. Fulani woman are said to be the most beautiful in this region.