News Vol.67

2014.05.08 |  Newsletter Back Number | 

This is Ronnie and Ken of UR-Whitestone!!

How did everyone spend the long vacation of Golden Week!? I believe everyone had fun with their family and friends! I also had a great time with my whole family and spend the whole break with them!

This week’s article is about one of the most festivals of Tokyo, Kanda Matsuri. Please read article below for more information.

※PHOTO CONTEST is still on going!! A chance to Win 10,000 YEN just sharing your Favorite Photo!
Share with us your photo you took this Golden Week!!

☆Whitestone 2nd Photo Contest!☆

We had our 1st Photo Contest 2 years ago and it was pretty interesting and fun. A lot of people share their best shots. We have decided to have it again!!

Previous Contest winner:

-any picture is ok as long as it is taken in Japan. You can send us any picture of your family, photos from your vacation trip, Sakura Hanami, or extraordinary things you see in Japan.

Please post only ONE of your favorite photo on our Facebook account and write a caption on it.

The top 3 Photos who has the most “Like!” will win prizes! Very simple!

Voting Deadline: MAY 17, 2014 12:00PM

The photo who gets the most “Like!” will win ¥10,000 in Cash!!
*In case there is a tie, we will be choosing the winner

2nd place will get ¥3,000 Quo Card and 3rd place will get a ¥1,000 Quo Card.

☆Kanda Matsuri☆

Kanda Matsuri is one the most famous festivals of Tokyo and is also ranked among the three largest festivals in Japan.

The main festival is conducted in years ending in odd numbers according to the Western calendar, and festivals held in even-numbered years are much smaller in scale.
Unfortunately, this year (2014, even number) there will only be a small celebration that will be held on the 14th and 15th of May.

However, the main attraction well worth viewing in odd-numbered years, when some 300 people march through central Tokyo districts such as Kanda, Nihonbashi, and Otemachi. Portable shrines and different kinds of floats, and Shinto priests mounted on horseback line up in rows can be seen in the festival.

Kanda was formerly the central quarter of Edo (Present-day Tokyo) back in the Edo Period. The people born and bred in Kanda were called “Edokko”. Edokkos are considered to be very high-spiritedd, and their characeristics are reflected in the Kanda Matsuri which is a jovial festival brimming with energy!

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