Came back from Kyoto to wade through the annual November happenings down my street. Such a great variety of stalls from grilled scallops to sausage to gyros to flavored ice to candies. It’s really great fun but the crowds are immense. After the long train ride, trying to just pass through it all was tiring. At least this is still Japan, everyone moved in an orderly fashion and the huge police presence made it even more orderly. Problematically the exits and entrances for the Metro are highly controlled and the one nearest my house was reserved for ingress rather than egress.
Yes, It’s been some time since I’ve written. It’s been busy, teaching English and all that. This weekend was a huge festival in Asakusa involving a shrine carried by men in fundoshi and wearing happi coats. Walking to work at 9am on Sunday morning seeing the Asahi cans strewn around the streets did not really add to the traditional ambience. My co-worker said that the festival went on to something amzing … but by that time I was at work.