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「Visual Anthropology of Japan: Neighborhood Fall Festival」Presentation at AJJ 2019 Spring Workshop @ Minpaku

Anthropology of Japan in Japan 2019 Spring Workshop April 20-21, 2019 The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku), Suita City, Osaka http://www.minpaku.ac.jp See schedule below for other presentations. 「Visual Anthropology of Japan: Neighborhood Fall Festival」 Sunday, April 21, 2019 14:30, Conference Room 6 Abstract: For over fifteen years, I have been living in Shirogaki-cho in Kadoma City, Osaka Prefecture, a small bedroom community conveniently located between a...
Tags: Photography, Japan, Anthropology, Community, Shinto, Visual Anthropology, Visual Ethnography, Fall Festival, Minpaku, Danjiri, Shirogaki, Kadoma City Osaka Prefecture, Ronald Dore, Eyal Ben Ari, Ted Bestor, Lucile Druet


2018 Fall Festival in Six Parts: 6) Post-matsuri and getting busted by the cops

After the processions we returned to the shrine to clean up the danjiri, put it back in storage and then prepare for the otskare sama (celebrating our efforts) yaki niku BBQ party. I was sitting, enjoying the delicious meat and chu-hai with my family and about 30 neighbors, appreciating their efforts over the last two days and the past several years I have been participating in the fall festival. I was thinking about these people getting up early Saturday morning to prepare the dan...
Tags: Photography, Japan, Anthropology, Photo Essay, Fall Festival, Aki Matsuri, Danjiri


2018 Fall Festival in Six Parts: 5) Celebration with another neighborhood association

It has been a tradition that our danjiri meet up with that from another shrine close to ours on the second day of the festival. So this event builds cooperation and friendship within and among the local neighborhoods. There are taiko and dance performances by children followed by the crowd pleasing mochi maki. I seem to be the only one avoiding the rice cakes as I dodge them behind my camera as they are being tossed down from the tops of the danjiris. [Author: [email protected]
Tags: Photography, Anthropology, Photo Essay, Fall Festival, Aki Matsuri, Danjiri


2018 Fall Festival in Six Parts: 4) Lunch break

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Tags: Photography, Anthropology, Photo Essay, Fall Festival, Aki Matsuri, Danjiri




2018 Fall Festival in Six Parts: 2) Taking a break with another neighborhood association

The neighborhood boundaries and streets do not always match up so we have to briefly take our danjiri through another neighborhood to get from point A to point B. But not to worry! The other neighborhood association does not take offense or worry about an invasion. They actually prepare food and drink for us so we can take a break and socialize together. We do have a little battle as each neighborhood association does a taiko drum performance. [Author: [email protected] (visual go...
Tags: Photography, Anthropology, Photo Essay, Fall Festival, Aki Matsuri, Danjiri


2018 Fall Festival in Six Parts: 1) Pre-departure

Another successful and fun-filled neighborhood fall festival... Our neighborhood association puts in a lot of effort for this two day event. Not only does it bring our neighborhood closer together, but it promotes good relations with other neighborhoods through shared celebrations. Lots of photos (again) this year so I am dividing them into six parts. Part One includes the blessing by the shinto priest at the local shrine before we started. [Author: [email protected] ...
Tags: Photography, Anthropology, Photo Essay, Fall Festival, Aki Matsuri, Danjiri