Saturday, May 1, 2010

Springing Up

Farmers Planting Rice, 1890s, Hand-colored albumen print
NYPL Digital Gallery, The New York Public Library

The festival climaxes with the appearance
of these two douke (clowns). That's  
Kamezo on the left and Otsuru on the right.
Yokohama - Once again I participated in the local planting festival with my drumming group(the God of Light Drummers). While the rice paddies in this town where I live are long gone, the age old fertility festival known as Tamatsuri continues to this day. The festival always end on a high note and with          
what no self respecting fertility festival should be without.....

You can catch a glimpse of some highlights of the nightime ceremony here:

The whole thing is a little like Mardi Gras sans the flashing. Throughout the evening the "actors" on stage periodically throw money and/or snacks to the audience below. I was lucky enough to get this special box of manju cakes, etc. You can see Kamezo and Otsuru depicted on the wrapper, only in this picture the male character is carrying a broom instead of a massive reproductive organ.

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