At last, after a two-year interval, I could enjoy the Tea Festival in Kanaya, Shimada City, although my visit was definitely too short to my taste. In 2018, I will definitely stay there at least a full day and a full night!
This year I almost reached Kanaya too early, but it gave me time to appreciate that the city and its inhabitants are trying their best every two years!
Let me at least introduce their event in pictures!
THE GROUPS & THE CLANS!
Taking pictures is an embarrassment of choices, especially considering the universal goodwill and fun-loving spirit!
The rick is probably to sort your pictures according to themes!
An orange chariot rider team!
The city is basically divided into 6 traditional precincts dating back to Edo Era and each has its own festival chariots manned and introduced by teams residing in their respective areas!
The third precinct “guard”!
A white and violet chariot rider team!
A motley chariot handler team!
The 6th Precinct “Guard”!
The younger generation “Guard”!
The Chariots, called “Yatai”, is the main event and performed twice, once at noon and another time after dark!
Each chariot carried its own drummers and flutists encouraging the handlers and riders!
Each chariot was ridden by comparatively light men whose role was toe encourage the handlers!
Naturally the same vocal and whistling encouragements amplified when two chariots got near to each other!
And all the while the drummers keep drumming, drumming and drumming!
All chariots seem to barely be able to pass under the telephone cables!
Actually they had more trouble avoiding the traffic lights than each other!
Handlers kept smiling all the time!
For all their fierce faces, fights are extremely rare between handlers of different chariots.
Even when it happens especially at night when everyone tends to imbibe as well, older organizers are very quick to handle any troublemakers without the help of policemen who are practically unseen!
There was still a long day to come and participants were obviously saving some energy!
Actually most were looking forward to the night when their hand lanterns would be lit!
The wheels are actually heavy wood logs that turn slowly and handlers need to push the chariots forward or sideways with long poles while more handlers were pulling the vehicles with heavy ropes!
All in good humor!
All participants have two years to prepare themselves and some @faces@ are really worth photographing!
I actually know the gentleman above who is a truck driver!
These two are actually senior cadres in the festival!
Mother and son!
Always extremely happy to pose, especially with cute foreign ladies!
The beauties and the beasts?
THE “TEA LADIES/CHA MUSUME”!
But the Kanaya Tea Festival is known all over Japan for all the ladies of whatever age parading as the “Cha Musume/Tea Ladies”!
All the members of the so-called “weak gender” are local!
No age limit!
Some of them are even carried along!
No less than a thousand of them!
See you again in 2018, but at night!
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