Saturday, October 17, 2009

That`s When I Knew It Was Danjiri

Soria! Soria! Soria! I roused from deep slumber after hearing those loud chants and yells coming from the outside. It was only 6:00 in morning when I heard the pandemonium. At first I thought our apartment was burning so I rushed outside (really it`s true) but I was wrong. I was about to hit the ceiling after learning that it was only the rowdy people pulling the DANJIRI*. Feeling secured, I went back into my room, saw my mesmerizing bed and went to sleep again (yeah I admit I`m a big sleepy head) hehehe...

A view from my unit early in the morning.



9:35 am, my phone rang. Itess baby, a friend of mine called me and asked if I can be with her for some shopping in Namba City. We have agreed to meet around 1 pm at a nearby convenience store. As we`re about to leave the place, six Danjiris of six different groups suddenly came in. We didn`t knew that that place is one of the Danjiri`s routes. Since we were riding a bicycle, we have to wait for the parade to over before we could proceed.

Members pulling the rope.



A daiku-gata is dancing on top of the Danjiri. A daiku-gata or the carpenter is one responsible for the construction and the making of intricate carvings of Danjiri.


I was following the last group.


I was smiling `coz it`s almost over hehehehe...



We headed to the train station as quickly as we could. Paid hundred yen for the parking charge of bike, got the ticket then rode the train. We arrived at Namba City and started to saunter around 3:00 pm.

One jealous Japanese guy was staring at me joke!!! jijijij


The Danjiri Matsuri. Every year, different cities and districts of Japan holds this kind of event to pray for abundance and good harvest. Here in Izumi City, Danjiri Matsuri is celebrated in the month of October. This festive activity is not new for me `coz I was once part of the pulling of the Danjiri two months ago in Osaka City. It was really tiring I must say considering that we paraded and raced the four-ton wooden wagon through the city streets. But I had fun. I am glad that our shacho* invited me to attend that one-of-a kind experience.

A tired body with a happy smile. I joined Danjiri last August in Osaka City. I was still bald at that time.

*Danjiri- is a shrine made of zelkovah wood constructed by woodcarvers/ crpenters with intricate scenes depicting past wars, heroes and symbolic animals.

*Shacho- Japanese term for president.



67 comments:

Alicia said...

Wow! It definitely looks festive! Is that something they do once a year?

It's great to see pictures of Japan!

sunny said...

wow! tht was nice! very festive...kakamiss mag bike!hehehehe!

donster said...

lahat yata nagparticipate? walang viewers eh wahahahha kaw lang nanood

fiel-kun said...

konnichiwa Jag-kun! (can I call u that? hehe)

Wow, nice naman ng Danjiri. You know what, yan ang gustong-gusto ko sa Japan yung ganyang mga festival/event. Nakakatuwa at very interesting yung culture nila jan. Kaya nga nasa top list ko ang Japan sa mga bansang bibisitahin ko in the future ^_^

Oh, thans for adding me to your link list. I didn't notice it earlier. I'll add you too after this.

ja-ne~

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

nice pic...parang sa mga pelikula lalo na ang iyong kay jet lee..o kahit sa iba pa na may ganun..

I am Xprosaic said...

Ahahahhahahah I still can't get over your hair tiki... jijijijijijiji... at sobrang itim mo na... jijijijijiji... sayang yung ano *wink*... ahahahhahahahha

chubskulit said...

Wow you look great with japanese costume, para ka na ring japanese hehehe... Daming cultural event dyan noh. Oiiist don't forget to vote for my daughter ah (if di ka pa nagvote heheh). Thanks again sa malimit na dalaw!

-Parts- said...

Happy Monday!

Nalingaw ko... Hehehehe Kakaiba! :-)

Nash said...

looks exciting :)

hey thanks for droppin' by regularly :)

i wana go to japan :{

Mokong™ said...

Kalbo! ehem kalbo din ako...tol tandaan mo..basta kalbo...GWAPO!!!

Mokong™ said...

wish namin ng asawawa ko makarating sa ibat ibang bansa..isa na dyan ang japan...kakainggit ka tol!

fiki said...

jay san..you looks thinner..what happen ?? lol..

Jag said...

@ Alicia: Hello pal! Yes, they celebrate it once a year...

@ Sunny: namiss mo ang magbike? ako nauumay na kac araw araw ako dito nagba-bike jijijiji...

@ donster: akala mo lng yun pero meron, meron, MERON! jijijiji...ang mga tao nasa final destination ng Danjiri nag-aabang...

Jag said...

@ fiel-kun:KOnbanwa! Chousi ha dou desu ka? jijijiji...Interesting talga ang culture at people ng Japan...you should visit Japan...Ur welcs!

@ Arvin U. de la Peña: Oo nga eh kamukha ko si Jet Li sa huling pic hahahah joke!Fan ako ng mga un Jet Li at Jackie Chan jijijiji kaso hndi sila mga Japanese jijijiji...

@ xprosaic: Syatap yaya!Buto ka karon! jijijiji

Jag said...

@ chubskulit:Japan is rich in culture and tradition indeed. Nkpagboto n ako sa baby mo twice jijijijiji...pwede ba paulit ulit? jijiji...

@ Parts: Happy Monday evening jijiji...y kakaiba?

@ Nash: Yeah you said it. Puro lang ako gala dito jijijiji...you should visit Japan soon!

Jag said...

@ Mokong: Paano yan tol d na ako kalbo ngayon? So hindi na ako gwapo? hahahaha lalong gumwapo lang hahahahaha...you should get a chance to visit Japan maganda tlga dito...

@ Fiki: Fiki san thanks for vsiting. Yeah I lose weight. I have a sleeping problem just recently...

I am Xprosaic said...

see... sabi sayo eh.. nakarami na ako dito... jejejejeje

timberboy said...

Wow... Japan!
Isa sa mga countries na gusto kong mabisita.
Ewan ko ba, pero fascinated ako sa culture nila.

Jag said...

@ xprosaic: Yaya twice p lng jijijij ako thrice n sau jijiji...

Jag said...

@ timberboy: it`s everyone`s fascination I guess...interesting culture and people...lagi dumudugo ilong ko pag kausap ko sila jijijiji

-Parts- said...

Kakaiba kasi wala sa pinas... =)

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

nice celebration. i like your attire ^_^

Jag said...

@ -Parts- : Sou sou sou sou jijijiji...Borgy san adiku desu ka? jijijiji...

@ Meryl (proud pinay): Hi friend! Thanks! Our company president gave me that Japanese robe...How I wish soon i could wear kimono with samurai at my back jijijiji...

beng said...

wow.. cool naman nyan, kaya lang hindi naman ba uber traffic dyan pag may festival na ganyan? hehe. gusto ko tuloy magpunta ng japan, kasi daming magagandang place dyan at talagang preserved yung culture nila dyan. :)

-Parts- said...

Ano yang adiku? addict? hehehehehe

fiel-kun said...

ei Jag-kun!

you have an award. please check out my blog.

thanks ^_^

Jag said...

@ beng: hindi naman nagta\traffic dito kc maganda ang routing schedule nila. ako lng ang na^traffic that time kac walang muwang sa nangyayari hahahaha...

@ Parts: Tumpak! adik ka hahahahaha...

@ fiel-kun: yey! may award ako? cge check ko jijijijiji...

Ruby said...

wow i always love this event...looks like the same in dietfurt fasching or any fashing in germany.

Euroangel said...

salamat sa bisita..nice seeing japan thru this blog..hope to visit it someday...

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Jho said...

yay! glad to see this blog. I always want to visit Japan. Kaso imposible pa yun sa ngayon. Thanks for sharing some pix.. I enjoyed looking at them. :p

geneve said...

wow..ganda talaga japan.Buhay na buhay parin ang culture nila kahit napaka hitech na ng mga tao sa kanila.

Thanks for sharing some pics poh..Sana makapunta din ako japan pag nakapagtrabaho na ko!weeh...

eden said...

i got friends there but no one mention such celebration.
now i know something about japan. thanks for sharing

-Parts- said...

Nyahahahahaha Enkyu! jowk! Sa una ra! Cge r ko visit sa imong blog pero ikaw wala man lang kahit text.. jowk uli! jijijijij

Renz Taburada said...

Hi, Jag. Salamat sa pag-bisita sa blog ko. I'm a newbie in blogging actually, and I'm very much fluttered to have visited bloggers like you who make a lot of friends in the blogger world (obvious naman sa mga comments dito). Interesting din talaga ang Japanese culture, ano?
Galing din ng mga kuha mong pictures...
Interesting din na mode of transportation ang bike, ano? Here in Manila, bike commuting is becoming to be a popular mode of transportation. I have one friend (the one who taught me how to blog) is also an avid bike commuter. He is maintaining his blog at http://travelogue.digitalrebel.ws/bikelog/.
By the way, can we exchange links? I hope okay lang s'yo.
Maraming salamat.

Renz Taburada

Jag said...

@ Ruby: Wow! Really? Sounds interesting too huh? Thanks for visiting!

@ Euroangel: Hi! Salamat din sa pagbisita...ako naman ultimate dream ko ang makapunta ng Europe pro pangarap na lng xa jijijiji...I`ll sure visit your site...

@ Jho: Hello! Salamat at napadalaw ka...I will share more of my explorations here in Japan...

Jag said...

@ geneve: Korek ka jan friend. Mayaman tlga sa kultura at tradisyon ang Japan. Hangad ko sna ay makapunta ka dito. Who knows...

@ eden: Thanks for the visit! It`s always my pleasure sharing "Japan" for you guys!

Jag said...

@ Parts: Hayz ka-bitter na lang jud sa tigulang hahahahaha...ana na d i n karon naa jud dapat kapalit? jijiji maayo man ka kay libre ang internet ako tawon hastang mahala sa text jijijiji...e-mail e-mail n lng gud ta ui...ayaw na luod luod dra wa kay angay jijijiji...teecee pal!

@ Renz Taburada: Hey buddy! Thanks for the visit. Bagito lng din ako sa blogging kaya medyo wala pang gaanong mapapala sa site ko jijiji joke!SURE we are NOW friends. Add kita sa link ko after this.Got to visit also your pal`s site...

Jho said...

Just added you in my links. :) Thanks ^^

Jag said...

Salamat ng marami! : )

I am Xprosaic said...

wee! dito na ulit! jijijiji

Jag said...

Bah! jijijiji...

tanivillamora said...

Thanks for hopping to my blog. :) It's nice to know about Danjiri Matsuri. Are you friends with the shacho?

pau : ) said...

ahhh. sa japan k pla nkatira...
hmm.. mganda pla dun..
naad na kita sa links ko... : )

dodong flores said...

Hi, Jag. Salamat sa pag-bisita. I was so surprise to see your comment and thought you only have found me through bloghopping, only to find out here in your comment section that one buddy had referred my site to you.
Your site is interesting especially that your post will be mostly Japan-specifics of which we haven't been there yet.
My friend is right, I love biking and I'm happy that you like it too. Most of our kababayan thought that biking to work is ridiculous. They didn't know that even in advance countries, biking to work is a very popular mode of transportation.
I'm a bit busy with my work so I can't promise I could visit to your site regularly but I'll try my best to be doing it once I can spare sometime. I'll add you in my links as well.
By the way, Bisaya man sab ko, taga-Mindanao...

dodong flores bikelog

Jag said...

@ tanivillamora: I don`t think so. He`s kind that`s for sure. Thanks for dropping by...

@ pau: hi! oo as of the moment andito ako for my scholarship. salamat!

@ dodong flores: Everyday here I bike...bike is popular here to all ages. Even a 60-year old woman can still ride a bike...mao jud mga Bisaya ta jijijiji...

dodong flores said...

Jag, thank you very much for the reciprocal link: Dia diri nako gi-add ang imong blog sa akong blogroll sa Bike Log in case you would like to know...
Maayong buntag...

Malou said...

This is a different kind of experience on a foreign land, while our country does offer a lot of festivities too - yet this is different.
Thank you very much for sharing your experience about this. Thank you very much for your visit in my blog though I didn't update it anymore :)

Jag said...

@ dodong flores: Ii yo! Domo Arigatou Gozaimashita! I`
ll keep visiting your blog whenever I have time! Salamat kaayo dong! jijijiji...

@ Malou: Thanks also for visiting my simple abode. I will share more of my explorations here...

doQ said...

hi, dodong jag! bisdak diay ka? hihihi... ma-a-an naman ka nga Japanese...
thanks for dropping by my blog..

take care.... ayo-ayo diha..

Jag said...

Oo ui BISDAK jd. Proud to be one jijijiji...thanks!

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Jag said...

hmmm...parang kilala kita hihihih...napadalaw ka dito? jijijiji...salamat sa sweet na comment...kinilig ako ng bahagya hahahahaha...teecee!

kathy said...

Wow! kakaibang celebration... Para kang hapon sa robe mo... hehehehe

Jag said...

@ kathy: hehehe thanks!

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