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Summer festival (Matsuri) and night stall (Yomise) in Japan

In summer, one of the most attractive things about Japanese summer is traditional summer festivals called  “Matsuri” held across the country during the season.  The festivals in Japan are derived from thanks to God,nature which gave a crop,our ancestors.

【恩智神社 夏祭り「宮出し」平成30年8月1日  Onji Shrine Summer Festival (August 1st, 2018) in Yao city of Osaka, Japan

【矢作神社夏祭り】大阪府八尾市  平成30年7月31日 Yahagi-jinja (shrine) summer festival dated 31/7/2018
Local summer featival in Yao city, Osaka.

The Tenjin Festival (天神祭, Tenjin Matsuri)

One of famous summer festival in Osaka, Japan is "Tenjin Festival". 

The Tenjin Festival (天神祭, Tenjin Matsuri) of Osaka is ranked as one of Japan's top three festivals, along with the Gion Matsuri of Kyoto and the Kanda Matsuri of Tokyo. The festival started in the 10th century and today takes place on July 24 and 25 every year. The main celebrations are held on the festival's second day, July 25, including a land procession and a river procession with fireworks.

【大阪天神祭 2018年7月25日】 Osaka Tenjin Festival on July 25th 2018 大阪市北区

【大阪天神祭 2018年7月25日】 Osaka Tenjin Festival on July 25th 2018 大阪市北区

Tenjin Matsuri is the festival of the Tenmangu Shrine and honors its principle deity Sugawara Michizane, the deity of scholarship. The festival begins by ceremonially inviting the deity out of the shrine and parading him through the city, carrying out various exuberant festivities to entertain him, before taking him back to the shrine. For the people, the lively festivities manifest in a wonderful occasion to enjoy the hot summer day, filled with traditional costumes, spectacular processions and a celebratory atmosphere.

The night stall, which we call "Yomise" is also attractive things in Japan.

 YOMISE(よみせ)   夜店 = 夜(YO) + 店(MISE)  

夜 means night.    店' means store.

Many Yomises open at shries during summer festivals.
They sell rare dishes,toys and play game that built a premium .

フランクフルト Furankfuruto (sausage)  

Normally 300 - 500yen / piece. 
You can add some ketchup and mustard if you like it.

たこ焼き  takoyaki

Takoyaki originated in Osaka in the 1930's and today is still famous for being Osaka's cuisine. The "tako" (たこ) in takoyaki meaning octopus and yaki (焼き) meaning baked. It's a ball shaped snack made of wheat based batter, and can contain various different fillings and toppings. The takoyaki is then topped with takoyaki sauce (which is very similar to Worcester sauce), Japanese mayonnaise, dried laver and bonito flakes. 

お好み焼き Okonomiyaki ( pan-fried dish that consists of batter and cabbage.)

Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) is a popular pan-fried dish that consists of batter and cabbage. Selected toppings and ingredients are added which can vary greatly (anything from meat and seafood to wasabi and cheese). This variability is reflected in the dish's name; "okonomi" literally means "to one's liking". There are two main variations of okonomiyaki: Kansai-style (also called Osaka-style) and Hiroshima-style. Their cooking style is differnt ech other. The cooking steps for the Kansai-style of okonomiyaki are most commonly found at Yomises in Osaka,Japan.

As for the cooking step in Hiroshima-style, the ingredients are not mixed together. Instead, the batter is cooked like a thin crepe and the ingredients are cooked separately. When everything is done, the ingredients are placed on the crepe, the toppings are added, and the okonomiyaki is served on top of yakisoba noodles, a distinctive ingredient of Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki.

やきそば yakisoba noodles

This noodles started to appear in the 1930’s as So-su (= Sauce) Yakisoba (ソース焼きそば), and it was a poplar children’s snack at the mom-and-pop candy stores (dagashi-ya 駄菓子屋 in Japanese) in late 50’s.Since then Yakisoba has been cooked and enjoyed at home and also became an icon for Japanese street food. Yakisoba food stalls are popular in summer festivals.

射的(しゃてき;syateki)  Target shooting

This game is called 'Syateki'. 射的 射(sya) = shoot  的(teki) = target
You can  play this game with toy rifle. The target are premiums. 

チョコばなな Choco banana

ばなな(ba na na) = banana チョコ(cho ko) = chocolate

Choco banana is frozen banana coated in chocolate and sprinkled with sweet confectionery such as multi-colored sprinkles or nuts. Although it is called chocolate banana, it can be dipped also in other kinds of melted chocolate such as white chocolate, strawberry chocolate and all sorts of chocolate variants. With strawberry and melon-infused chocolate coatings, colorful crunchy sprinkles and containing a whole banana, the choco banana is a favorite among children and youngsters.

ラッキーボール Lucky ball

The ball is hit by stick with strong spring. You get a premium when balls fit in into the hole.

いかやき (Ikayaki)  cuttlefish barbecue

いか=cuttlefish   やき=grilled

Ikayaki is a popular fast food in Japan. In much of Japan, the term refers to simple grilled squid topped with soy sauce and enjoyed with a cold beer at local summer festival commonly.

フライドポテト sweet potate stick fried in oil


金魚すくい Goldfish scooping

This is festival game in which participants try to catch goldfish in a shallow paper ladle.

スーパーボールすくい scooping up bouncy balls 

くじびき  lottery and the premium