Or if not the oldest, then perhaps the most old-fashioned?
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People pouring buckets of ice water over themselves for charity may well be a thing at the moment, but at the Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri in Tokyo, they have been doing something very similar for much, much longer. A simple bit of festival fun that many look forward to. Even getting all dressed up just to get a good soaking.
And as such, it’s enjoyed by people of all ages, although sulking little lads are sometimes an exception.
Supermarkets pretty much stock everything you could ever want; all under one roof. And convenience stores are exactly what their name suggests — a blessing on so many occasions. But neither of them can come anywhere close to offering the conversation and companionship that a traditional corner shop does.
Due to their chosen line of work, it’s apt that Japanese scarecrows are somewhat on the sinister side.
Sometimes even going as far as disturbing.
But times change it would seem, even if their job title doesn’t. And with cycling clearly now a thing.
There are hints at what could be described as serenity. Possibly even joy.