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In late Sept., Shinagawa holds the annual Shukuba Festival highlighted by a small parade of people wearing Edo Period costumes (江戸風俗行列).
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The parade is led by these Buddhist monks chanting in front of a local temple.
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Police on white motorcycle.e.
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This is the Honorary Shinagawa Police Chief for the day, voice actress and impersonator Ayano Fukuda (福田彩乃).
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The parade is also part of a traffic safety campaign.
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Local school band.
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"Beware of investment fraud"
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"Beware of dangerous drugs"
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Shinagawa Mothers Association
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Local cheerleaders.
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Shinagawa Joshi Gakuin
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At the head of the costume parade was Mito Komon. On the left in kimono is Andrijana Cvetkovik, Macedonian Ambassador to Japan. She's holding her country's flag. The Macedonian Embassy is in Shinagawa. On the right is someone from Brazil
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The liveliest part of the parade. These people were offering candy to spectators like they did in the old days.
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Before newspapers, they passed out news flyers called kawaraban in the Edo Period for major events and notices. She gave out festival flyers.
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Candy vendors. The people parading in these costumes are all ordinary people who paid ¥15,000 to ¥30,000 for the privilege. To cover the makeup and costume fees.
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Isshin Tasuke (一心太助) fictional Edo Period fishmonger was the ideal Edokko.
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Yaoya Oshichi (八百屋お七, ca. 1667–1683), literally "greengrocer Oshichi", was a daughter of the greengrocer Tarobei who lived in the Hongo neighborhood of Edo at the beginning of the Edo period.She was executed for attempting to commit arson. The story became the subject of joruri plays.
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Wearing black and red is Nezumi Kozō (鼠小僧) (1797–1831), a Japanese thief and folk hero who lived in Edo during the Edo period.
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The problem with this parade is that they don't identify who's who. I have a list of Edo Period characters in the parade and I can identify the major ones, but not this one with the bare shoulder.
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Students from a kimono school.
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Students from a kimono school.
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This is a komuso, a Zen monk who went around playing the shakuhachi bamboo flute while wearing a basket on the head. This is how they meditated and begged. Ninja famously disguised themselves as komuso.
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Modern Dance Company, Seagull
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Gama no abura or Toad's Oil
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Small park had food booths.
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Folk performances at a small park.
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Flea market
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PR for the latest Godzilla movie. There were Godzilla movie posters and flyers all over the place. I had to ask why. Found out that in the first Godzilla movie in the 1950s, Shinagawa was where Godzilla first set foot on Japan (near Shinagawa Station).
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Kita-Shinagawa Station on the Keihin Kyuko (Keikyu) Line.
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Shinagawa Station on the Keihin Kyuko (Keikyu) Line.
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Shinagawa Station on the Keihin Kyuko (Keikyu) Line.
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Shinagawa Station on the Keihin Kyuko (Keikyu) Line.
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Shinagawa Station on the Keihin Kyuko (Keikyu) Line.
   
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