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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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Photographed during Otariya Festival (春渡祭) at Futaarayama Shrine (二荒山神社) in Utsunomiya city.

Mikoshi is a portable shrine that is occupied by  shinto deity - Toyokiiribiko (豊城入彦命) in this case. After the procession in Utsunomiya downtown in the snow storm, this shinto deity in the mikoshi managed to come home (Main Hall of Futaarayama Shrine) without any delay or troubles.


Below is another photo taken during the festival.


And our video.




This is a That's my world entry.

19 comments:

  1. it's quite interesting,... a modern and very succesful society like yours, keeps many links with the past, by traditions like those you show us...
    or maybe that's the secret of a healthy future: deep roots in the values of past...

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  2. I loved watching the video Yoshi. Full of rich sounds - the bells, flutes, and clomping of horse hooves. I love that sound the most. when I lived in the country the Amish only used horses and the sound of their hooves on the paved road was so beautiful.
    What are the red/orange bulbous containers that people are carrying in the beginning of the video? and some were thrown into the fire for burning? still one of my favorite photos of yours is the procession of the parade in the snowstorm. it's very moving and beautiful. thanks for the peek into your magical world. it has been a treat.

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  3. You live in a country with many ancient festivals. It's wonderful that they continue.

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  4. I really loved this, Yoshi! I, too, love the way your country holds onto its links to the past. The video is wonderful, full wonderful, interesting sounds and scenes. I was the assistant to the President of Komatsu's silicon plant in Oregon years ago and I loved learning so much about the far east that I had never known before! Thank you for sharing this! Have a lovely week!

    Sylvia

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  5. Las tradiciones de su pais son siempre muy interesantes y de una gran estética. Saludos.

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  6. Wonderful traditions - thanks for sharing itall with us.

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  7. Great photos!!! I'm glad there were no problems. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  8. A very nice tradition that every generation should observe and witness.

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  9. Fascinating video, thanks for sharing!

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  10. aloha,

    what an exciting scene, i love this traditions


    thanks for sharing that with us today

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  11. How exiting, how exiting. Thank you very much for this wonderful escape. Please have a good Tuesday you all.

    daily athens

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  12. This is really a spectacular action photo. The lighting is very dramatic. I love it!

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  13. Nice photo! I like the subdued color but central light.

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  14. I watched the video. It is very good and interesting for me, I have never seen a festival like this. It was a big experience! Thank you for sharing!
    Have a nice evening! ( I think the time is 5 pm there now )

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  15. Thanks for sharing your video of the event … the sights, sounds and colors was almost like being there in person. I’ve heard it said that we can’t know where we’re going if we don’t know where we’ve been. Keeping traditions alive is awesome. It was interesting to see this ancient ritual making its way through modern day traffic. :)

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  16. one thing i find japan interesting is that, however advance you are in technology, your still hold cultural and custom at its utmost level. this is great for future generation.

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  17. I Want to come to the Otariya Festival...
    Great Photos.. ^o^/ and thanks for the Video..~

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