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  • So this video is going to be different from what we're used to making.

  • That's because this past weekend Kichijoji, which is our hood, hosted their matsuri.

  • We've seen pictures of it every year that we've lived here,

  • but we've always been traveling when it happened, but THIS year we could FINALLY SEE IT IN PERSON.

  • I just wanted to share some of the vibe and explain why this is special.

  • Matsuri translates to "festival" and there are no specific matsuri days that apply to all of Japan.

  • Like how "December 25th IS Christmas”, there's no set date for this festival.

  • And the dates vary from area to area,

  • but almost every local area has at least one matsuri late summer or early Autumn related to the rice harvest.

  • So these golden objects being hoisted up in the air are portable shrines called, "Mikoshi"

  • and it's believed a divine spirit is temporarily riding in them.

  • The festival starts in the morning at a local shinto shrine where the spirit leaves the large shrine to enter the mikoshi.

  • You'll notice they're jostling the mikoshi quite a bit.

  • That's done on purpose, and it's to give the spirit a good time. To make them laugh and feel happy.

  • Kind of like the joy you get from a ride at an amusement park.

  • Though it's not as cool as a roller coaster. I wonder if some places just put their shrines on roller coasters. I doubt it.

  • Anyhow, by celebrating loudly and happily, they're aiming to bring good luck and a good harvest for the year to come.

  • The mikoshi's are paraded around Kichijoi while passing through the various shopping districts.

  • I didn't really see any shrines in the residential areas.

  • But that didn't mean that I couldn't hear them a few blocks away. It's loooooud this time of year.

  • For this matsuri the local business owners are wearing special cotton indigo coats called a "happi". How super appropriate is that!

  • (And yes, they're wearing underwear ya perv. In fact I met a dude that I knew who was part of the festival,

  • and he said I should be a part of it next year.

  • And when I was about to wipe away a tear from being so touched for being invited

  • he flashed me by lifting up his happi and showing his white thong underneath.

  • Fully outlined, moose knuckling. And this was in a big crowd of people.

  • I don't think that's part of the festival, but if it is

  • I won't be showing anyone my Johnson next year, so stop your fantasizing)

  • which represents the shopping area that they're Located in.

  • You might have noticed they're not all wearing the same happi,

  • The Kichijoji matsuri was a two-day affair, and the local traffic and business didn't stop for it.

  • We saw exhausted people holding heavy shrines while waiting for the lights to change, or while trying not to block traffic.

  • And they were super exhausted. I was only there for a couple of hours in the afternoon,

  • but they were going well late into the night. There were break stations available so that people didn't pass out.

  • For real, I did all of this research after filming this,

  • and even though I didn't really know what was going on at the time,

  • I couldn't stop smiling, and everyone around me was also smiling non-stop.

  • You can't help but feel happy.

  • If you're in Japan around this time of year, and there's a shrine festival going on, make sure you go. You'll love it.

  • And while I wasn't able to participate in it this year, I still want to help my neighbourhood.

  • So leave a smile in the comment section below,

  • so that Kichijoji can have a good year of good luck and good harvest.

  • Though I'm not sure if the spirits check YouTube comments.

  • We've got another video coming this week. Stay tuned, and we'll see you soon!

So this video is going to be different from what we're used to making.

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