April 17, 2015,13:00 +0900(JST) Inari Festival in the Rain
Every year on the first Sunday in April, to mark the anniversary of the founding of Sumitomo Electric, we celebrate the Inari Festival at all our works in Japan -- "Inari" is a deity that concerns the agriculture, commerce and industry. This year, I attended the festival held at the Itami Works.
Although it had begun getting warmer and warmer in the previous week, it rained and was cold on the day of the event, as the weather forecast had predicted. While it rained gently in the morning, it started raining heavily some time after the Shinto ritual began. The sound of the strong rain beating on our tent almost prevented us from hearing the voice of the Shinto priest reciting the prayer.
I remember that it was cold at the Inari Festival last year and the year before that as well. This year again it was chilly. I'm sure there is a deity that has the power to control the weather, and so I assume there must have been some reason for this. Still, it's a pity that the cherry blossoms in full bloom on the grounds of the works were being battered by the strong rain and that some of them were falling.