Tatara Festival, the largest annual festival in Kawaguchi City, my hometown, takes place at Kawaguchi Motorcycle Race Circuit every first weekend of August. The name of the festival originates from 'tatara', the traditional Japanese furnace, since the city was once known as the center of casting industry. The industry has been declining for these several decades and the city is now serving as one of bedroom suburbs of Tokyo, but this festival name reminds its citizens of what the city was like.
A lot of performances and events are held in the festival including mikoshi or portable shrines, fireworks and exhibitions relating to the indigenous industry. Numerous people fully enjoy them in the middle of summer every year.
Tatara Festival 2012, Kawaguchi, Japan [iPhone 4S/HD]
- Shot in 1080p full HD with an iPhone 4S on Aug. 5th, 2012