Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession in Yakage Town

Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession in Yakage Town

Howdy? It’s Mr.Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession in Yakage town this time.

Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession in Yakage

Yakage Town is in Oda Gun (District), Okayama Prefecture, accessible by car or local train called Ihara railway (transfer from JR Soja Station). And, this Daimyo Gyoretsu (daimyo = feudal lord, gyoretsu=procession) event is held on the second Sunday of November every year.

More than 80 people (as daimyo, princess, soldiers etc) walk through the main street of Yakage with the earworm phrase ‘Shitani-, shitani (した~に~、したに)‘ which means like the lord’s passing, kneel and make way) REPEATEDLY (all day). Mrs. Wada looked she suffered for the rest of the day. Hehe. They walk pretty slow like only a few steps by each ‘Shitani-, shitani’, so it gives us enough time for taking photos and videos. Check out the video I took.

Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession in Yakage Town

Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession in Yakage Town

Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession in Yakage Town

Street performance.

Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession in Yakage Town

 

Samurai (moving to other events)

Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession in Yakage Town

 

This is an actual residence. Don’t walk in for checking for photos.

Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession in Yakage Town

 

A nice place to chill out.

Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession in Yakage Town

 

Information

Name Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession in Yakage Town
Access

*Free parking is available at Yakage Elementary School during the event.

Yakage, Yakage-chō, Oda-gun, Okayama

 

Lastly

How do you find it? It was pretty cool that the entire town seemed to become one for this event. (I felt the vibe!) Although most of restaurants would be closed or accept only take out but there are many food stands instead. We would like to go back for cafes, etc., another time..

See you around!

How to Write Nengajo (Japanese New Year’s Card)

How to Write Nengajo sending nengajo

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. Are you ready for the New Year’s holiday? You know what, you might be forgetting something important. Yes, Nengajo cards! I shared how to send it through the web in the previous post but some people wouldn’t feel comfortable with it since it’s not handwritten. This year though I plan on sending handwritten ones. Here’s how to write Nengajo cards.

Note:
Please note that there are some ways/styles for writing Nengajo. The one I’m going to introduce in this post is just one of those and the usual way I do.

How to Send Nengajo Through Web

 

How to Write Nengajo (Japanese New Year’s Card)

Who to Send

In general, to friends, boss, family members (if you are away from them), etc. Anyone you think you should be nice to. There are no rules and it is totally up to you, but it would be awkward when you got one from a person who you didn’t send to. (-n-)…

 

How to Write Nengajo

Where to Get

It’s available at every post office and convenience stores in Japan. Price is the same as regular cards. You have options to pick designs you like.

How to Write Nengajo konbini and post office

 

 

 

How to Write Nengajo

Alright, let’s get started. I normally use a calligraphy pen for writing Nengajo cards. It gives a good touch.



Write the receiver’s and sender’s info on the front side.Front

 

 

Back

Normally it starts with a greeting like “Happy New Year” (if it occurs you to write, ‘あけましておめでとうございます’ would be an easy one), messages for wishing well-being, good relationships,etc, date (2018 元旦: 2018 January 1st), and your name. It’s okay if you write in English. I believe your friends would feel your sincerity especially if you add your own message.

 

 

 

Did You Know?

You may FAIL writing a Nengajo and freak out sometimes. HOWEVER no worries. Take one(s) you screwed to the post office and they would trade it to a new one by 5 yen each! What a relief!!!

How to Write Nengajo post office

 

When to Send

Japan Post accepts Nengajo cards between December 15 – 25 to be delivered on the New Year’s day. If a Nengajo card was posted after this period, your cards would be delivered late. But if you miss it, don’t be bothered. It’s the thought that counts.

sending_nengajo

 

Lastly

It’s just once a year, but it’s one way to keep in touch with people like ex-colleagues, friends, classmates, teachers, etc. Sort of good opportunity to stay connected right? We tend to have it done by email and messenger today but still we should cherish this tradition, don’t you think?

See you around!

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How to send Nengajo Through Web