2009年8月5日水曜日

The Art of Shoutengai Festival

写真は、先日Emilyと行った円頓寺商店街の七夕祭りから。国際センターを北に行った辺りの、普段は結構さびれた商店街なんだけど、七夕祭りは賑わってて面白かった。まぁ、普段も日本独特の「味」があって面白いんだけどね。祭りでは、特に色んな吊るされてるキャラクターが手作り感あふれてて、なんだか気が抜けてしまうこの良さ。(笑)「商店街」って小さなコミュニティーで、みんなで一緒になってこれを作ってるのを考えると嬉しくなっちゃうね。

Photos from Endouji Shoutengai (Shopping District) Festival. This place isn't located in downtown, so usually pretty calm and not so many people, but it was bustling because of this big festival. Especially big characters which are hung from the roofs, were so funny. They looked nicely hand-made, and made me happy to look at. Characters are made by local inhabitants, so I guess people living around there get along well with neighbors, and I think that's cool. And that's something city-dweller missing.

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