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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dance Performance


Four shinto priests from Toshogu shrine (東照宮) dedicate a traditional dance performance, called Azuma asobi (東遊の舞), to Ieyasu TOKUGAWA (徳川家康). It takes place at a place between Haiden Hall and Honden Main Hall of Otabisho (御旅所) at the World Heritage site in Nikko city, Tochigi prefecture. It's a rare occasion to be able to see this dance performance; once in Spring and the other in Autumn for 1000 Samurai warriors parade (百物揃千人行列).


Image from Tsukuba University Library


This is a Sepia Scenes #120, Alphabe-Thursday entry (R is for rare), and Thursday Challenge. The theme is "TEXTURE", Best Posts of the Week and brand new meme Weekend Portrait #1.


             

Oh and one more.This is also an entry for Show Me Japan Vol 1, Issue 13. If you want to see nice photos taken in Japan, don't forget to visit!


32 comments:

  1. Fascinating and amazing costumes. A good shot.

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  2. Unusual sepia - almost drained of color - perfect for the precision of the dance movements. The viewer is entirely focused on the shapes of the dancers.

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  3. That must be a wonderful sight to see.

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  4. I really like this photo. It's very dramatic and beautifully captured. It must be such a wonderful experience to witness it. I can almost hear the music.

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  5. Awesome. I always wanted to watch Japanese cultural dance like this.

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  6. What a wonderful image, and such beautiful costumes, fascinating.

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  7. This is such a beautiful image!

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  8. Great photo and another fine write up. Boom & Gary of The Vermilon River, Canada.

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  9. For me, almost impossible to see this is real...
    But your picture tells a great story!

    Greetings from Holland / Europe

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  10. The image is so beautiful The use of sepia makes it so mysterious.

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  11. Lovely capture of the dancer.. color does do alot to give movement to it.

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  12. wonderful photos. R is for Rare.

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  13. Now that is a special performance! Grand.

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  14. I love their clothes, I have always wanted to have a ~ [* out of topic]
    by the way, I am very impressed with the decision at the time was quite good. A beautiful white color. ~(^o^"~)
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  15. Definitely something I'd like to see... a rare traditional dance performance in Nikko. Beautiful photo.

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  16. That is an absolutely amazing photo. Excellent work!!!!!

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  17. I love this photo! It's wonderful to see such a thing and then the photo has an lilting quality to it.

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  18. That was a very interesting post. Beautiful images too.

    Arigatoo gozaimasu!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  19. Very good photo, nice composition! I think they are great artist!
    1000 samurai warriors parade? That must be a really interesting event!

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  20. A rare occasion that we got to see through you!

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  21. i rad alot proposed nikko city.... hemm... i need to do another trip to japan. no! many trips to japan!

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  22. fantastic image Yoshi...I love coming here to learn about your rich culture through your beautiful photographs:)

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  23. Japanese traditions are always so incredible, the dress, rituals, and ceremony are most impressive. Such attention, always, to detail.

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  24. What an interesting culture. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    =)

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  25. I love that photograph. It's got such a timelessness to it, it looks as though it could have been taken last week or last century!

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  26. Ethereal. Like it. And I think I'm going to plug your blog into my google reader subscriptions. :)

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  27. Well Done...
    A cultural portrait always interesting! :)
    anyway, what is Azuma Asobi means?

    Thanks for participating on Weekend Portrait

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  28. Oh my. What a lovely, sculptural picture you have shared here today on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "R".

    This was amazing and timeless.

    Thank you for linking.

    A+

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