Monday, 6 August 2012

Naka Meguro matsuri

We love living in Daikanyama and feel very lucky to live there, but we also love the fact that Naka Meguro is just down the hill from us and has a wonderful selection of bars, restaurants and shops, as well as being next to the Meguro river, a fab place to be in blossom season.

We love the neighbourhood feel of Naka Meguro and the whole neighbourhood came out over the weekend to celebrate its annual festival. We think it is related to the Bon Odori festival which is officially celebrated on 13th-15th August. It is a festival that remembers the dead and many people return to their family homes to celebrate it. There are celebrations all over Japan, and this weekend was Naka Meguro's turn. The streets were full of people and all the restaurants had opened their doors and were selling food and drink on the streets. The festival involved many "troupes" of dancers who would perform a lively routine to live music and this would be done as a procession down the main street. It was a lively, colourful evening and quite moving too.

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