三社祭の食物 Food of Sanja Matsuri

This is the second part of the Sanja Matsuri. I wanted to make a whole post about food because one post that would have everything would be too big.

I will apologize because I’m 100% sure that after you have seen these photos you will be dying of hunger.

I’m not sure about the names of some of these foods but food is food names doesn’t matter 😀
I’ll try to add the names later with some Japanese help hehe.

Delicious burger ! I ate one and NAAAAM ;D
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This must be good too
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I LOOOVE Corn !
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Doesn’t all of them look mouth watering !! I’m getting more hungry by just writing this post
So that was what people ate but what people drank well I got an answer to that too 😀

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Big blocks of ice preventing the drinks getting warm
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and more drinks coming in since it was a warm day and everything was getting sold fast.
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三社祭 Sanja Matsuri 2012 浅草 東京

Finally got around to this post !
I’m sorry that it took this long to get this done but you know that the WiFi in Aomori was not that fast to upload all these photos.

Sanja Matsuri which means “three shrine festival”, it’s one of three biggest Shinto festivals in Tokyo area. The festival lasts three days and it is held yearly on the third weekend of May.

The festival is for the honor for Hinokuma Hamanari, Hinokuma Takenari and Hajino Nakatomo, three men who founded Senjo-ji Temple.

Sanja Matsuri is mostly about people carrying portable shrines called Mikoshi for three days but on the third day they bring out the three biggest Mikoshi which makes the other mikoshi look small.
That what the festival is famous for but I loved the part that came after which was all the parties, Japanese people drunk everywhere and lots of fun and making new friends.

You could even see a lot of Yakuza there who are some of the biggest supporters of this event. I got some amazing photos of them.

Everyone should add this event to their bucket list!!

I’ll be making two different post of this festival because the amount of photos I have from there.
First one which is this post will be about the festival and the second one will be about all the food and drinks they had in there!

In my flickr you can find 170 photos from there so check out more in my flickr site ! Ari Helminen in Flickr

I’ll do my best not to make this post too long.
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I saw japanese school students posing for a photographer so I decided to snap a shot too.
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Beautiful Sky Tree.
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One of the best festivals in the world !
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This is probably the cutest thing I saw at that festival.
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Yakuza (Japanese Mafia) at Sanja Matsuri. Yakuza is part of the Japanese culture and way of life. Without Yakuza many of these beautiful festivals would not be around any more. They were nice enough to pose for couple of photos after they were done with carrying the Mikoshi.

I took a lot of photos of them because I love their tattoos and just because they are Yakuza. See more photos of them in my flickr page.

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You can see that I wasn’t the only one excited
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People tired after all the carrying.
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Doing this all day will make you tired.
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if you were wondering how many people are in this festival, during the three days 1.5 to 2 million locals and tourists every year. You are wondering what that looks in a photo ?
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I’d love to try carrying this all day. Probably I would die half way tho but would be an experience.
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Couple more Yakuza photos. Sorry that there are so much, I’m just so happy I got these photos.
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Was a very beautiful day for the festival.
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All through the festival there were these wagons with singers and players which made the mood of the festival so much better.
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Here are some close up photos of the people who were carrying the shrines.
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This guy was cool !
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not surprising that legs hurt after everything.
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Let the drinking start!
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I truly hope that you liked these photos! check out my flickr to see much much more.
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Cherry blossom time is coming… 桜と花見

Spring has come and the cherry blossoms are opening soon all over Japan. For many spring is the favorite time of the year in Japan and I’m no exception well I do like Autumn too with the beautiful autumn colors.

This year I won’t be able to see Tokyo blossoming in sakura (cherry flower) because I will arrive to Tokyo in the begin of May when the main season has officially finished but I did take couple of thousand photos last spring that I’d like to share with you!

Depends how my plans go but I might be able to see cherry blossom in north of Japan since there the season starts later than in Tokyo.

Little Japanese for you.
サクラ (桜) = Cherry blossom (Sakura)
はなみ (花見) = Flower viewing (Hanami)

Did you know that in Japanese TV you can see info when and where the flowers are at their best? .Well you can so keep you eye on the tv shows 😀

Little bit about Hanami (flower viewing)

One of the best things to do in Japan is to get together with your friends under the colorful cherry flowers and drink beer (or something stronger),eat tasty food and talk with your friends.
The first Hanami I went was organized by the Sakura hostel asakusa and since I was renting an apartment from Sakura house (basically the same company) I could join their parties without paying anything. At that time I did not know pretty much anyone in Tokyo but at the hanami where all of us were having fun and drinking I made lots of new friends.
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Actually about 5-10minutes after this photo was taken it started raining a lot (and I mean A LOT) so everyone quickly packed their bags and ran back to the lobby of the hostel (I know I tolled this story like million times but it was such a fun night). At the hostel we were sitting at the lobby drinking and getting to know one another and after couple of hours someone got this great idea that we should go to a bar that was close called “Samurai bar” (hope I’m not mistaken about the name), in the bar we stayed until the last train.  So even tho the rain stopped our fun under the flowers we still kept the party on!

Here are some of my favorite shots of the cherry blossoms.
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(This one was taken at Shinjuku park in the begin of sakura season)

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(Ueno park)

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(Near the Imperial palace)

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(This one is from erm somewhere near shibuya :D)

One of my favorite shots of last spring was this I took in front Yasukuni Shrine near the Imperial palace.
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These are great too 😀
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Here are some “closer” shots of sakura flowers.
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I need to get myself a macro lens so I could take better shots of them for y’all !

Famous and huge Hanami (flower viewing) happens in Ueno park! Here are some photos and video from there!

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I took a lot of photos there which you can see more in my flickr!

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月食 東京 Moon Ecplise Tokyo (Right now)

Happening right now!

Just came home from Izakaya party that I was hosting and noticed that everyone were posting photos of the moon eclipse to their facebook pages so I quickly took out my big lens and snapped a quick shot of it !

In the TV they were also just talking about it, if you are in Tokyo now look up the sky! Could be that you can see it in other places in Japan as well !
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Disneyland Tokyo Halloween, 東京ディズニーランド ハロウィン

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At this post I wanted to show you more photos from Halloween Disneyland and few more cosplay photos, of course you could see all of them in my flickr right now but anyway wanted to post some to my blog as well.

Here are few photos of the beautiful Castle !

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Now to the Halloween photos

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As you can see Disneyland Tokyo is now filled with Halloween type of decorations! I truly do recommend everyone to visit there even if you are not that much in to Disney.

Here are couple of photos more of Cosplay since I know you love it !
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If you want to see more, Visit my Flickr!! there is much more photos of cosplay and Disneyland Tokyo !

I’ll be going to DisneySea Tokyo in December so keep in touch !

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Disneyland Tokyo Halloween, 東京ディズニーランド ハロウィン

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Last tuesday I went to Disneyland to see the beautiful Halloween decorations and as a shock I noticed that the place was full of cosplayers as Halloween time you can come there in a cosplay and normally can’t.

Sorry that I haven’t updated for these last few days, been kinda busy with things and trying to upload 262 photos from Disneyland to my flickr with a slow internet that you get with NTT Docomo Xi.

But it seems finally the upload is getting done ( few more photos left) and I can post some photos here as well!

This time we got there in good time and got those fastpass things that let you go to the attractions without waiting in line so we got to go to many nice machines! got a love that “big thunder mountain” !

But enough with the small talk and down to the photos right 😀

Our delicious breakfast at Disneyland ! My girl had the mickey!
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And our lunch was

I had the mickey pizza and she had that other what ever it is 😀 both were delicious !
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Beautiful entrance to the MaGiCal Halloween land of Disney !

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And now some cosplay for y’all !
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More Cosplay photos from disneyland you can see at my flickr !
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I will write another blog post about the halloween in Disneyland tonight after I come back from costco.

A small update what I have been up to this week:

Wendsday: Was out shopping all over Tokyo

thursday: International Anime festival at Akihabara and shopping after that.

Friday: Walked from Monzen-nakacho to Tsukiji and took some videos and photos and from there to Ginza and then home to cook 😀

Saturday: My girl and I went to Asakusa in the morning and did some praying and shopping and from there we went to Mita station and from there we walked to Odaiba ( got some great photos). Had a delicious dinner at Odaiba with the view of the rainbow bridge and tokyo tower.

Sunday: so today now to Costco and patting center.