Monthly Archives: July 2010

Marine Day: Hamaorisai in Chigasaki 3

Hamaorisai is held annually during the Marine Day (Umi-no-hi) in Chigasaki City, Kanagawa. Hamaorisai, which literally means “descend to the beach festival”, is a summer festival in which people take the mikoshi, or the portable Shinto shrine, into the sea. The photos were taken from 4:00 to 7:00 in the morning on the 19th of […]






Tanabata: The Wish Festival 7

Tanabata is a popular celebration in Japan which is, in modern times, held on the the first weekend of July. Also known as wish festival, Tanabata is derived from the Chinese star festival, Qi Xi (七夕 “The Night of Sevens”). It celebrates the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). According to legend, the Milky […]