The blog of Tokyo based photographer and photojournalist, Damon Coulter

You`re fired!

Loved, cherished and full of fond memories. You can`t just throw such sentimental things away, even when they are very unwanted anymore, which is why Japan has several doll funeral festivals. Went to the Ningyo Kuyo doll burning one again in Ueno on Friday. Again not as spectacular as you`d imagine but also not as crowded as some of the festivals I`ve been to lately which makes it seem more fun at least .

Later Damon


4 responses

  1. Nice shot, looks like an interesting festival. A lack of crowd at these things can be good eh.


    September 29, 2009 at 9:31 am

  2. Andy

    Does this mean you’ve burnt that Alan Sugar doll I got you last Christmas ?

    September 29, 2009 at 4:40 pm

  3. Personally Will, I am looking forward to the long feared and anticipated depopulation of Japan to start happening. Imagine if you will being able to get seats on trains, imagine there being no 100 deep crowds at matsuri getting in the way of photos; imagine a public holiday where queing wasn`t required to get into a cinema, swimming pool or even a supermarket and imagine, the best yet, lots of secondhand EOS1Ds mark 3 for sale as relatives pawn off the professional gear of “Sunday cameramen” who have shuffled-off…to pay funeral expenses and inheritance tax. I got a cheap as chips Leica that way!
    Of course the lack of crowds at this festival may have been due to the fact that it was, overall, just a little dull. Mostly foreigners there for the expected novelty value and because it was listed in the Japan Times.

    Andy, hahahahahahaha! No that doll was burnt shortly after arrival here (thanks by the way) in a Satanic ritual involving the slaughter of several otherwise innocent dairy animals whose blood was drunk through straws made from 50 pound notes rolled tight while the mantra of the catchphrase was sung in a deep voice all night as we sat in the centre of a torch lit pentagle. “Your fired, your fired, your fired”
    My how my throat hurt as we sang until we all tranced-out and became our ghost animal guide (I`m a gnu apparently) and gave up the capitalist curse the icon had laid on us. Please send me a different present next Christmas, I was thinking a of a “Who wants to be a millionaire?” board game.
    Catch ya later and don`t give up photography you`re too good at it!!!!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm

  4. How fascinating. And what a wonderful, unusual image!

    September 30, 2009 at 5:48 am

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