One of the winter scenes of Sado

by Fujiko

This is Hamochi Oichi, year-end market with an unique twist!

This market had usually held on Dec.15 mostly for farmers after receiving the year's income.

But it was held on Dec.13, Sunday,  to attract many shoppers this year.

Disguised as deities or warrior or retired maiko?,  shopowners worked hard to entertain shoppers.


One of the winter scenes of Sado

This main street used to be bustled with many shoppers, but time changes...

Even in Sado, there are many outlets of big chains like Matsukiyo and Shimamura with attractive prices and varieties.

But I perfer this nostalgic atmosphere.

One of the winter scenes of Sado

Have you ever seen "street"  puppet play?

In Sado, now almost extinct traditonal performing arts still exist.  One of them is called Bunya Ningyo, similar to famous

Bunraku Puppet Play, with one puppeteer manipulate one puppet.  It's quite surprising that younger generations like this

narrator (young woman) are the member of this troupe called Mushimon-za.

 One of the winter scenes of SadoI'd like to introduce all about Sado from now on through this blog because Sado is sooo deep and diverse!

See you later!

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Hello! My name is Fujiko Maeda. I'm a national-licensed tour guide. I was born in Sado Island, off the coast of Niigata Prefecture. I still have little experience as a tour guide but I once worked in tourism industry for about 10 years when I lived in Tokyo. Now I'm a persimmon farmer but when time permits I'm happy to guide you here in Sado. We have a lot to offer like beautiful nature, historical sites, local specialities, traditional performing arts, festivals, islanders smiles and so on.
If you'd like to know real Japanese lifestyle, please visit Sado.
I'm sure you'll be satisfied.
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