Koto Kumin Matsuri

Koto Kumin Matsuri (Koto Citizens’ Festival) was held at Kiba Park in Tokyo on October 17-18, 2009.  It was a sunny and warm autumn weekend, a perfect day for a festival.  This festival covered the entire Kiba Park, which is huge, with a river and bridge separating the north and south areas.

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As typical of Japanese festivals, there were lots of food and drinks stalls scattered throughout the park, as well as fruit and vegetables stands and a flea market.

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This was a family oriented event so there were lots of activities for the little ones.

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There were several stages throughout the park, offering different types of entertainment for young and old alike, from marching bands …

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to musical rock bands (they were singing Rolling Stones songs) …

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and traditional bon odori singing …

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as well as hawaiian dancing …

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… and giant (not really) Japanese monsters and robots fighting it out for world dominance for good measure!

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Along with the stages, there were also a number of more mobile (street, or park in this case) performers.

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The highlight of the festival was a number of Japanese folk arts performances by local citizens. The Kiyari and Kiyari-Nenbutsu are traditional chanting performed by lumbermen.

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Sunamura-Bayashi is traditional festival folk music played in the Edo district, played by three kinds of Japanese traditional percussions and a horizontal bamboo flute.

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Shishimai is a version of the Lion Dance practiced in Japan (originally included danced involving other animal symbols, including deer).

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Tekomai is a traditional geisha parade wearing male costume such as men’s old hair style, male clothing and waraji (straw sandals).

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The Fukagawa-no-Chikara-mochi originated from warehouse workers who carried rice bags, Japanese sake barrels and other heavy goods.

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They participated in competitions for their skill and strength.

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4 thoughts on “Koto Kumin Matsuri

  1. The best part of the 江東区民祭り (Koto Residents Festival) is the lumberjacks strong-man contest (that you have photos of)…but also the log rolling show!

    Did you see that?

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