Photo and Video Collection from Jidai Matsuri

November 6, 2018

It's been too long since my last post!  I'm sorry!  It's been exam and mid-term project season over here!

A short while ago, I was able to go to Jidai Matsuri (festival of the ages).  This festival celebrates the history of Kyoto - from the city's first emperor to the rapid modernization of the Meiji era.  It's probably no surprise that I love Japanese history, so I made sure to get there early enough to find some "premier seating," if you will.  Four hours early to be exact.  I probably got the best seat that wasn't paid for.  I was in the shade and the one row of paid-seats in front of me were on a mat on the ground - unlike the folding chairs everywhere else.


I got to walk around and see the venders, too.  They were selling all the expected souvenirs and snacks.  Knowing I would be in the heat for most of the day, I bought a bottle of water from the first vender I saw.  They were "open" when I walked up to buy it, but they had yet to get change.  One of the women handed me a bag of individually wrapped senbei  (biscuits) because I waited for one of them to get change at the bank across the road.  (I insisted it was no trouble at all, but I was thankful to have the snacks during my long wait!)  I kept myself occupied with my vocabulary cards for the long wait.

I have a philosophy when taking a video of an event.  I never look at the screen of the camera/phone.  I understand wanting to get a nice video, but then you miss the real thing happing right in front of you!  I rather have gotten to watch something incredible with my own eyes and have a shaky video than having a great video but having missed seeing what happened.  (I encourage you ask yourself if you're watching the event or your phone the next time you take a video!)  But, if you're wondering why my footage is shaky, now you know why.  




And here are some photos from the day:










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