10 November, 2008

Nihon no Matsuri







Foto-foto ini diambil pada acara Nihon no Matsuri* atau Festival Jepang yang diadakan pada Japan Indonesia Expo 2008 di arena PRJ Kemayoran Jakarta. Kemarin malam, 9 November, adalah acara penutupan. Pengunjungnya padat sekali. Antrian ada dimana-mana, terutama di stand-stand yang menjual makanan khas Jepang dan Obatake alias atraksi rumah hantu a la Jepang. Acaranya padat, sampai bingung menentukan pilihan. Apalagi kalau pergi beramai-ramai, yang satu mau nonton cosplay terus-terusan, yang satunya mau mencicipi semua makanan Jepang yang tersedia, yang satunya lagi mau lihat semua pertunjukan tarian, nyanyian dan kerajinan Jepang yang digelar di sana. Sedangkan tempat pertunjukannya beda-beda. Acaranya antara lain pertandingan cosplay dan kabaret cosplay, demo ikebana, demo upacara minum teh, demo kimono, pertunjukan honoo-daiko (bedug Jepang), pertunjukan musik dll.
Acara puncak adalah KANTOH dan Mikoshi** yang dilakukan di arena luar PRJ di bawah langit Jakarta yang malam itu kebetulan sekali tidak hujan dan tidak berangin kencang. Karena ada atraksi membawa semacam gunungan berbelas-belas (mungkin lebih) lampion yang diikat pada bambu dan dibawa oleh satu orang secara bergantian sambil menunjukkan kebolehannya menjaga keseimbangan (dan kekuatan) memainkan gunungan lampion. Lilin-lilin di dalam semua lampion itu dinyalakan. Mudah-mudahan foto-foto di sini bisa sedikit menunjukkan keindahan atraksi tersebut.



*) Matsuri (祭?) is the Japanese word for a festival or holiday. In Japan, festivals are usually sponsored by a local shrine or temple, though they can be secular.
There is no specific matsuri days for all of Japan; dates vary from area to area, and even within a specific area, but festival days do tend to cluster around traditional holidays such as Setsubun or Obon. Almost every locale has at least one matsuri in late summer/early autumn, usually related to the rice harvest.
Notable matsuri often feature processions which may include elaborate floats. Preparation for these processions is usually organized at the level of neighborhoods, or machi. Prior to these, the local kami may be ritually installed in mikoshi and paraded through the streets.
(Wikipedia)


**) A mikoshi (神輿?) is a portable Shinto shrine. Shinto followers believe that it serves as the vehicle of a divine spirit in Japan at the time of a parade of deities. Often, the mikoshi resembles a miniature building, with pillars, walls, a roof, a veranda and a railing. Typical shapes are rectangles, hexagons, and octagons. The body, which stands on two or four poles (for carrying), is usually lavishly decorated, and the roof might hold a carving of a Phoenix.
During a matsuri, or Japanese festival, people bear a mikoshi on their shoulders by means of the two or four poles. They bring the mikoshi from the shrine, carry it around the neighborhoods that worship at the shrine, and in many cases leave it in a designated area, resting on blocks, for a time before returning it to the shrine.
(Wikipedia)


foto Mikoshi dari Wikipedia