Saturday, January 29, 2011

Tengu Matsuri

We hit the Shimokitazawa shopping streets on Saturday afternoon (Jan 29) to check out the Long Red-nosed Goblin festival, or Tengu Matsuri, with Sandra, Sean and their boys...

"[T]he bird-like Tengu is a skilled warrior and mischief maker, especially prone to playing tricks on arrogant and vainglorious Buddhist priests, and to punishing those who willfully misuse knowledge and authority to gain fame or position. In bygone days, they also inflicted their punishments on vain and arrogant samurai warriors. They dislike braggarts, and those who corrupt the Dharma (law). ” Source: A to Z Photo Dictionary – Japanese Buddhist Statuary
(and posted here )

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