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.
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!
Others went for balloons.
The turtles were particularly popular.
In fact, the turtles were my favourite!