2014: Are You Coming to the Matsuri?

11. März 2011 - 11. März 2014 Fukushima in Nordostjapan
Quelle:  The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 12 | Issue 5 | Number 2 | Article ID 4070 | Jan 30, 2014
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Are You Coming to the Matsuri?:

Tsunami Recovery and Folk Performance Culture on Iwate's Rikuch Coast


Christopher Thompson


Following the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11th, 2011, on my first visit that fall to the Rikuchū Coast of Iwate Prefecture, Japan, one of the first questions local residents asked me was, "Are you coming to the matsuri?"1 Three years and many subsequent visits later, this cheery inquiry, typically delivered upon my arrival - usually by friends but sometimes by strangers - has not changed. Initially, I was quite taken aback (even a little offended) by this seemingly trivial query, as enjoying a matsuri seemed contrary to my "more serious" purpose for being there - to clear tsunami debris, identify local residents' needs, and to help clean up or rebuild their houses and schools as requested. But quickly, I came to ....

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