|Lots of people at the festival|
Every year on June 14 to 16, there is the Hokkaido Shrine Festival (also called the Sapporo Festival). There are several activities going on, there is for instance usually a trained monkey show at the Hokkaido Shrine which is very funny.
|Lots of people, and rain|
Near my home, there is a huge festival area in the Nakajima Koen park. For Japanese festivals, it is common to wear yukata, so I put on one of my yukatas and went there to check out the entertainment and have some interesting festival food. Since it is close to my home, I went there every day during the three days of the festival, even though it was mostly raining.
|No one wanted to wade through this short cut. Except me, because my geta (clogs) are super high so this was not problem for me.|
I ran into some people I know (like my magician colleague's older sister and nephew), some people I do not know but have met (like the cute couple that had me as entertainer at their wedding at Sheraton Hotel one week before), and lots of people who just commented "Oh, a foreigner".
|Some people braved the rain and rented row boats|
I had too much food, but the food is good and some of it is difficult to find outside festivals. I also saw some interesting entertainment, including motorcycle tricks, a woman eating live insects, and a man stopping an electrical fan with his tongue.
|Spicy miso paste on a cucumber on a stick|
|Gyoza dumplings with chicken skin instead of dumpling dough|
|Korean (?) dumpling|
|This guy was just wandering around inside the festival area|
|This guy had a jacket that says: "Fuckers NYC"|
|This guy had a big needle through his cheeks with which he dragged have objects around|
|This girl ate live insects|
|This girl poured melted candle wax into her mouth and breathed fire|
|This guy threaded a chain in through his nose and out through his mouth and the lifted things|
|This guy ate dry ice and breathed smoke|
|This guy stopped an electric fan with his tongue|
|This guy took off his underwear and did things on a bed of nails|
|This guy rode a motorcycle on the walls of a small cylindrical arena, that shook alarmingly every time he passed close to your head.|
|He did stunts like standing up and not holding on to anything and grabbing money from the hands of spectators.|