Day 11 in Tokyo, Saturday 23rd July. We spent the day looking around Koenji’s second hand and vintage shops. I picked up some vintage fabric and Kokeshi dolls. ^_^
BAD-NICE Rockabilly Hair Dressers
I love this drink (not just because it matches my shoes)!
Aleister’s friend Max works at a primary school in Koenji and he invited us to his school’s summer Matsuri. The Matsuri is a festival based around the shrine at the school. There were stalls selling food & souvenirs, games, dancing and a procession.
Both adults and children were wearing traditional summer yukata.
Oishii ‘Banana Choco’!
Goldfish scooping is a traditional game at Japanese summer festivals. You catch as many fish as you can with a paper scoop, until the scoop breaks. I saw lots of happy children taking home a bag with a goldfish in!
Delicious spiral potato! Deep fried and covered in BBQ seasoning.
We followed a procession through the street. Local men were carrying a Mikoshi – a portable Shinto Shrine.
Cute kids at their school shrine
Playing on the stage
The local women did a traditional Matsuri dance
Having a beer with Anpanman!
Max is so great with the kids. ^_^
This was one of my favourite days that we spent in Tokyo. The kids were all so sweet! It was a fun experience which we wouldn’t have found in a guidebook.
We finished off the night with a few jars of Nihonshu in Koenji.
Good times! There are a few extra photos in my Flickr album. ^_^