Thursday, May 19, 2005

174. Kite Festival

Originally uploaded by _dedalus.
The Kite Festival is one of the largest in Japan and can attract as many as 2 million visitors from around the country and abroad. One of the features of the festival is the parade of shrine carts (yatai) downtown on the second evening. All the local kumi (neighbourhood teams) come out for the occasion, each wearing its own distinctive colours and designs. A pretty fair amount of drinking goes on until the early hours ....