Thursday, November 03, 2005

Hakone Daimyo Gyo-retsu Parade

*Daimyo Gyoretsu- Back in the Edo era, the top Japanese feudal lord in Edo (modern day Tokyo) appointed new governors each year, who then walked in a long procession all the way to their new domain. Nowadays, the Gyoretsu is still celebrated in the form of an annual parade.

On November 3rd, Sirius Band Activities took part in annual Hakone Daimyo Gyo-retsu Parade in Hakone, Kanagawa. Rain started while we were moving to the starting point, but the skies cleared before the parade got under way. Usually, this season is very rainy in Hakone. However, this year, we completed the parade without getting wet. We were very glad to see the audience lining the streets, and very grateful towards the people who cheered us on throughout the parade.