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#138 My favorite festival

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    "My favorite festival"


    Basically, I like all festivals, however, I don't want to go to festivals very much and I don't go to festivals actively because if I went to famous festivals there would be so many people and traffic would become congested. Therefore, my favorite festival is a local and little festival.

    My hometown is Yanai-shi in Yamaguchi prefecture. There is a 'Kingyochouchin matsuri' in Yanai-shi. A 'Kingyochouchin' is a famous local product and is goldfish-shaped. 'Chouchin' is an old-fashioned Japanese lamp. We use it by placing burning candle in a case which comes in several shapes. I have seen a 'Kingyochouchin' in Tokyo and I was very surprised.

    The 'Kingyochouchin matsuri' is held in the summer vacation and I went to this festival when I came to my hometown. There is no big program, however this festival has a homey feel and reminds me of my childhood. There are many attractions in the festival, for example, goldfish scooping, Yo-Yo scooping and food stalls. I like the 'Ringo-Ame' stall best. 'Ringo-Ame' is an apple coated with a candy. I like the texture, but it is difficult to explain.

    Recently, I don't have time to go to the festival, however I would like to go if there is a chance.


    教師より
    Here is my version of a response to this topic:

    The “Kingyochouchin matsuri”, despite being of a very local nature and held on a small scale, remains my favorite festival due to the feelings of nostalgia that it evokes in me.

    Large-scale festivals of course also have their advantages, such as impressive floats and performances by professionals, however it is impossible for them to capture the mood of a small local town and the familiarity that one feels at a local festival.

    Additionally, while nationwide celebrations tend to be more standardized in nature, local festivals have a higher probability of developing independently and producing new, unique and interesting results that can surprise audiences from other prefectures.

    Doe to my origins as a Yanai-shi resident, I have a sentimental connection to the “Kingyochouchin matsuri” of that city. This connection is something which cannot be recreated by any other festival, making it one of my primary reasons for this festival being my favorite.
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