Apologies for the time between posts! Because of the holiday weekend, I was super busy with the kids and back to work Tuesday – have had very little time. And I really wanted to tell you about the Danjiri.
Otori Danjiri took place 2 weeks ago, but last weekend some friends, my kids and I headed down to Izumiotsu to see their Danjiri. A Japanese friend, Mune, who I met in London around 12 years ago , takes part in the celebrations every year – in fact, he seems to give up a large part of his free time during the year going to danjiri practice and attending meetings (which I think are mainly drinking parties 🙂 )
We had a great time watching the Danjiri floats (we would probably call them this), listening to the music and the shouting, sampling the food and drinking beer. We met other friends and talked to total strangers. There was a great atmosphere all day and the weather was perfect … now looking forward to next year already! 🙂
Anyway, I am going to direct you towards a reading text, so first of all, think about the advice about reading in the previous posting, and the importance of background knowledge – surely you all know something about Danjiri festivals? Even a little bit?
1. Think about what you know about the Danjiri festival
2. Look at the photos I took at Izumiotsu last Sunday and think (in English) about what you can see
3. Now view the video from youtube and think of more ideas as you watch AND listen
NOW THINK ABOUT THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS … do you know any of the answers?
a) What does the Danjriguruma look like? What is its design? What is it made of? How is it decorated?
b) What preparations take place for the Danjiri?
c) What do you know about the festival itself? How long is it? What happens? Why does it happen?
d) How do the Danjiri festivals in different towns vary?