If you walk in the city of Shimoda, you should see under your feet.
Every manhole in Shimoda is designed with Black ship.
And you are able to find out the old type mailbox and Namako wall of warehouse at many places in Shimoda.
My family and I went to the nearest shrine “Shirahama Shrine” on January 3rd after busy days.
Most of Japanese go to shrine at the beginning of new year to pray for good health and happiness.
It calls “Hatsumoude” in Japanese.
This shrine is very famous for its long history more than 2,600 years.
That’s why this place always is crowded with a looooot of visitors in the morning on January 1st.
I took this picture when I came back from Shimoda this early evening.
We have Shirahama shrine festival this weekend, but unfortunately it would be rain by typhoon today and tomorrow.
The 78th Shimoda Black Ship Festival was taken from May 19th Friday to 21st Sunday.
The official parade of this festival was started from 11:30 AM on Saturday.
More than 300 people participated this parade.
You can see the picture of this parade on our Facebook.
Click here to see them
The festival of Shirahama shrine which has a rich history of more than 2,400 years was held for 3 days from October 28th.
And it was the last time for my son to participate as a member of Kodomo Mikoshi (portable shrine carried by children).
My son and his friends participated the stage performance and showed us dancing on October 30th.
You can see the other photos on our Facebook album.
There is a shrine called “Shirahama Shrine”, 7 or 8 minutes walking from Pension Sakuraya.
They have a long history more than 2,400 years, so this shrine is the oldest one in Izu peninsula.
They have a festival for 3 days at the end of October every year, and it was started today.
A lot of residents participate this festival, and of course the children as well.
My son helped to carry the small shrine with his friends.
He is now the last grade of primary school, so it was the last chance for him.
The local community had the cleaning service from 6:30 AM, and I participated with the residences.
After the cleaning finished I came back home to prepare the breakfast for our customers.
And we cleaned the guest rooms after breakfast and started to prepare the dinner after cleaning.
I worked very hard today, so I’m very tired and sleepy…..
This is the video of the last 7 minutes of Black Ship Festival Fireworks Display.
I’m very sorry, but the displays were a little out of focus…..
Shirahama shrine festival is held for 3 days from October 28th every year.
The local children take part in Kodomo Mikoshi (portable shrine by children).
They carried Mikoshi and walked around the town of Shirahama all day long yesterday.
Of course the primary school was closed yesterday.
The 76th Shimoda Black Ship Festival 2015 will take place for 3 days from May 15th Friday.
The fireworks festival will be held from 8:15 PM on the 1st day.
Let’s enjoy “Time Travel to the Dawn of Japan’s Modernization”.
Click here to see 11 pictures of this past festival on our Facebook.