I am currently sitting at Starbucks in honkawagoe, one hour by train from takadanobaba and waiting for my German friend Julia. Here in Kawagoe the festival have been going on for 2 days and I have come to see it on the last day. It is quite the spectacle, and well worth the travel.
During the festival gigantic floats are taken around the city, and at times they face off with one another. The purpose of the competition is to see if the musicians of one float can throw the other floats musicians off beat. Seeing the parade was surprising enough, but also all the foreigners here in happi’s(traditional festival costumes) is quite fun to see, as they fit right in like clowns at a funeral party... I mean this of cause in a good way *hehe*.
Matsuri’s are great for the social life of the town, and serves as a great commercial, attracts tourists and improves business :D
All japanese love it too, as it an good opportunity for a date, dress up in traditional clothes, have fun with friends and so on. On every street there are booths with all imaginable forms of delicious stuff like takoyaki, ame-ringo, sweet potato, karaage and so on. And knowing that my scholarship money will reach my bank account tuesday, there is no point trying to save *hehe* its candytime!