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2019 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Toyohashi Oni Matsuri

Last weekend a bunch of coworkers and I went to the Toyohashi Oni Matsuri. My coworker D organized our outing, since he used to live in Toyohashi.

First we met up at Nagoya station and then tool the train to Toyohashi station. From there, we rode a street tram to the venue. It was very crowded, but it didn’t take very long to get to our stop: Toyohashi Park.

After that, we had about an hour to kill before the main event, so we browsed the stalls and filled our stomachs.

A major part of the festival is the red oni pelts people with candy and flour for good luck. We could see signs of his handywork for blocks around the venue. My coworkers Em, Sol, and R got a heavy dose of luck this year.

The event centers around a red oni character battling against a green tengu character. The two have what is essentially a dance battle, before the oni is flees the shrine, while covering everyone he sees in flour for the before mentioned good luck.

There is also a black oni who pats peoples heads for luck. Many of my coworkers received a pat.

Finally, the flour started to fly. I stood in the back, hoping to avoid the worst of it, though he got me during his second passby.

Afterwards, our gang regrouped to grab a few snacks, before we moved on to our second location for the day.

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2019 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Takashimaya Amour du Chocolat

Our annual gourmet chocolate festival, running from the 18th of January to the 14th of February.

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2019 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Toyohashi Ogre Festival Display

There’s a new display near the ticket gates of Toyohashi station. It’s promoting a festival on February 10th and 11th. It’s called the Toyohashi Ogre Festival.

According to the sign, it’s going to be held at Akumikanbeshinmeisha Shrine in Toyohashi. If it’s not too cold, maybe I’ll go.

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Matsuri

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So, the festival…

There were certainly a lot of people this year. Mostly children.

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As usual, there were stage shows (sword, dance, music, etc), calligraphy / origami demonstrations, kimono try-ons, and food, but trying to get anywhere near anything was near impossible.

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The line to get to the food stands were insanely long. As in, across the park long. There were more foods available than usual. There was the  junk food stand, a takoyaki (round balls of pancake with octopus bits in the center) stand, and a yaki-niku / yakisoba (grilled meat / noodle) stand. When we arrived, mom got on line to buy our lunches, but after twenty minutes of not moving, she grabbed some pastry and teas from the junk food stand.

Maybe next year…