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Tuesday September 30th 2014

Kingyo Sukui, Matsuri

Warm breeze of summer, night festivals
Warm breeze of summer, night festivals

Summer is almost at an end but there are still a few ‘natsu matsuri’ to enjoy.
Mitaka held this festival over the weekend. Local kids were there in abundance – many wore yukata which is great to see.

It was also lovely to see the traditional attractions still popular.
Look at the gold fish stand. There were plenty of people getting a hold of the action with the game Kingyo Sukui. Were they fishing for Ponyo, I wonder? Kingyo Sukui is a popular Japanese festival game whereby kids try to schoop up goldfish with paper scoops. It is a game which goes back to the late Edo Period.

Ponyo - are you there?
Ponyo - are you there?

I think that there is a trick to catching the fish. Advice from experienced catchers say to place the scoop underneath the fish and raise it slowly!

Can't find Ponyo but the one with white eyes looks keen to come home with me
I can't find Ponyo but the one with white eyes looks keen to come home with me?

Mitaka Fishing
Mitaka Fishing

Others went for balloons.

Do I see Rilakkuma?
Do I see Rilakkuma?

The turtles were particularly popular.

Looking for a turtle to take home
Looking for a turtle to take home

In fact, the turtles were my favourite!

Turtle Rock?
Turtle Rock?

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