Jul 27, 2008


Last Friday, I took a paid holiday to help a summer festival as a volunteer. It was held in an area of a district that I am working for.

This is called "子ども山笠" that is mainly held for children.

In Japan, there is a tendency seen in almost area that is called "少子高齢化"(shousi-koureika). It means that children decrease and elder people increase.

In this area, adult people who support the festival have decreased, so I helped them as a volunteer.

The origin of "山笠" is said that religious leader on "山笠" went around a city to keep away evil spirit when contagious disease were spread in ancient days. Of course, modern people are not conscious of its origin.


BK.Mitchell said...

Looks pretty hot out there! Nice and informative post!

Anonymous said...

Would love to go to a festival one day soon ive seen a few diffrent ones on tv and other place
Im very sorry for not posting for a while.. been very busy
You asked me how are the roads in my country (spain) well there is plenty of cycling routes but lots of farmers are trying to cut them off by putting up wire fences so lots of cyclists take wire cutters with them to clear the paths.
My bike is a mountain bike with suspension on both sides and 24 gears.

bikenglish said...

[to brian san]
Thank you for comment.

[to felix san]
Thank you for answering to my asking.

There are a lot of good bike courses in Japan, I think. If you will start life in Japan with a bike, you can really enjoy beautiful scenery of Japan. Now, in Japan, the number of bikers is increasing, so riding a bike helps you to make Japanese friends, I think.