It’s undeniable that Japan takes pride in its very rich culture. Don’t be surprised when I tell you that this beautiful country has its way to uphold its very own culture. How? The folks observe various festivals in every season. Each festival signifies different things.
I was fortunate to witness one in my city, Saitama with the husband. It was held mid of July in Urawa which is a nearby ward. Hence the name, Urawa Matsuri (festival). Before the event started, Danny and I came upon this short parade on our way to the station. Take a look. At first, I didn’t know how to react to it. I am a Christian and I am not into this kind of stuff or shall I say, I am against it. However, I was reminded that these people have their own beliefs which I should respect. One thing that was admirable in them was the eagerness despite the blazing sunshine. I would never do such a thing.
We went to Urawa to catch this yearly festivity. Let me show you a few things feasted my eyes.
These elderly people were performing a traditional dance which entertained even the young ones. Check this out.
It’s said that touching this dancing creature brings you good luck. I also noticed one elderly man handed out some cash after “being bitten” by this dancing creature.
The participating crowd of all ages. See those stalls? Those were food booths that quenched the thirst and filled the empty stomach of everyone. FYI: These booths were inspected and permitted to take part in this event. They offered a variety of Japanese eats. My favorite part of the day! 😀
They queued to pray in this shrine.
This where they write and place their wishes throughout the year.
People drink water from here. Perhaps to bring good health.
The Urawa Odori dance was the highlight of the day. A splashy musical parade through the city performed by elementary/ high school students and the elderly. It was good to see this vibrant side of Japan. Watch my liked videos. 😉
Know what left me a big surprise? None other than the cleanliness of the surroundings during and after the festival. Legit! This is something a bit hard to do in my home country, the Philippines. People there always leave their rubbish everywhere in events like this or any outdoor events. I would be hypocrite if I say I never leave my trash anywhere. I have done it before but after living here for a few months, doing it is something I won’t do anymore. People here have taught me how to be responsible in some little way like throwing my garbage properly. I remember when Danny and I were at a city hall in Cebu. He was very shocked to see me dropping a piece of staple wire which made me also shocked. LOL
He said with a little irritated and surprised voice. “Shay!! What are you doing?”
I asked astoundingly, “What?”
He replied, “You should throw your rubbish in the bin.”
Me, “Hey! It’s just a small one.”
He then picked it up and threw it right in the bin.
Honestly, I was embarrassed. I didn’t want him to think of me as a dirty person. Now I understand why. In my country, it’s normal even if we know that it’s not good. But it doesn’t work like that here. I am grateful for this simple lesson and yet has made quite an impact on me. It’s not just about being clean but also it simply reflects how responsible you are as an individual.