Summer is almost over but our matsuri (festivals) are still going strong.
All you have to do is follow the sound of drums, which I seem to hear everywhere I go. There are large festivals that many people come to watch from near and far, and there are other smaller local festivals that the whole neighborhood looks forward to.
This looks like a smaller festival but every bit as lively. There was a lot of bon-odori (traditional Obon dance) here. And these men and women dressed in traditional matsuri wear were the enthusiastic drummers, waiting their turn on the big wadaiko (Japanese drums).