July 15, 2010

Shiozawa Matsuri/塩沢まつり

Draft beer (300 yen) and yakisoba (300 yen):

These are the foods I crave at a festival.
Sorry for the ugly photo; the yakisoba is half eaten.

Children pulling a cart:

Not just a cart; this cart is called an "odori yatai" (lit. dancing stall), where children perform traditional dances.

Center: Banana chocolate stall
Left: Okonomiyaki stall
中央: バナナチョコの屋台
左: お好み焼きの屋台

Two "miko" (female attendants), on the premises of Sumiyoshi Shrine:

Shiozawa Matsuri is also called Sumiyoshi Jinja Taisai (Sumiyoshi Shrine Great Festival).

Ringo ame (lit. apple candies):

My daughter likes them.

All the photos above were taken on July 14.

The following photos were taken on July 15.

Bokushi Dori (Dokushi Street), which is the main part of the site of this festival.

Elementary school children, performing "Soran Dance" on Bokushi Street:

This is Sumiyoshi Shrine.

Luckily, we got free waffle samples from a cafe, soon to be open on Bokushi Street (Aug. 11)

Frankfurter (100 yen) and takoyaki (300 yen):

The frankfurter was very reasonable.

Osakayaki stall on the left:

Osakayaki is a kind of okonomiyaki shaped like imagawayaki.

The funny thing about osakayaki is that osakayaki cannot be found in Osaka!

Images of osakayaki


Ruminating Roy said...

I'm glad Shiozawa's matsuri looks so lively! We held our own sort of late Tanabata here last weekend with a few people from an anime group and the Texas Shinto Study group. It was a blast!

Hiroyuki said...

RoySkull001: Shiozawa Matsuri is an annual festival, held around this time of year.

Anime group and a Shinto Study group??
You got some very interesting groups where you live!

Nerd Mom said...

Candy Apples (ringo ame) are a popular festival food here in the US. There's also a variation of them that are dipped in caramel rather than the red candy stuff. Yummy!

Hiroyuki said...

Cheryl: Thanks for making me realize that the "candy apples" are ubiquitous! I'm not a big fan of candy apples. Come to think of it, I wasn't familiar with candy apples when I was a child. I did some googling and found that candy apples were popular in Kansai (Western Japan), which includes Osaka, but not in Kanto (Eastern Japan), which includes Tokyo, where I was born.
Anzu ame (apricot candies, or should I say "candy apricots) are more popular in Kanto.
Images of anzu ame:

Nerd Mom said...

Anzu ame sounds even better than candy apples. I prefer caramel apples over the candy apples.

Curtis said...

natsukashii! It reminds me of the festival food that I had when I was in Japan last year. I'm a new reader who loves food and cooking and is interested in Japanese. Thanks for the post!

Hiroyuki said...

Curtis: And, thank *you* for visiting my blog!