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Monday, February 21, 2011

Kagura Performance in Mibu


Daidaikagura (太々神楽) performance at Umebayashi Tenmangu (梅林天満宮) in Mibu city (壬生町). When you see that the name of the shrine ends with "Tenmangu", it means that Michizane SUGAWARA (菅原道真) is enshrined there. He is a deity of scholarship and deified as "Tenjin sama (天神さま)".

The Shinto deity holding a bow in this photo seems to be Hondawake [= Emperor Ojin (応神天皇)]. As you can guess by just looking at him ready to shoot an arrow, he is defied as the "god of war". His nickname is "Machiman sama (八幡さま)".

I have one more photo of the Kagura performance for you!




This is a Mellow Yellow Monday #109 entry.

19 comments:

  1. Japan is sooo full of custom and culture, very colourful for photo enthusiast.

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  2. Sure looks different from Sarasvati. ;)

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  3. I have some catching up to do! your photo of the Enmeiin Temple is magnificent! I love that dramatic sky and the grave markers. and that color!!! Yoshi, it's a truly wonderful photo. the "god of war" looks fierce for sure. I think I'd enjoy seeing one of those performances. have a great weekend Yoshi!

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  4. Great point of view, quite dramatic! Fascinating post, your images complement the captions, very exciting!

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  5. 最近めっぽう日本の伝統芸能に触れる機会が少なくなりましたが、実際に今もこうして地元に根付いて引き継がれているのはすばらしいですね。

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  6. excellent composition! and the lens distortion makes the picture even more interesting.

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  7. Spectacular and beautiful at the same time. A magnificent frame.

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  8. 先週、ロンドンの博物館へ日本能楽について特別展を見に行きました。
    そこでさまざまな仮面を見ました。
    八幡さまの仮面も能面の一つですか。

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  9. Wonderful perspective and interesting commentary about the image.

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  10. captivating! marvelous composition.

    http://savorthebite.blogspot.com/2011/02/mellow-yellow-monday-10-duranta-repens.html

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  11. Fascinating and lovely! Must visit Japan one day...

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  12. Nice. I enjoy these photos into your culture.

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  13. I love the angle in the first photo. So interesting!

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  14. Your pictures are wonderful. It is so nice to share your culture in this fashion. I also enjoy Ruma-san's photography because he shows many Japanese traditions as well. I especially like the ones with chidren. To see them dressed in kimonos and yukatas is so lovely.

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  15. Nice photo, I like the composition. The dress and the mask of the archer is really interesting.
    Have a good week!

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  16. I admire Japan culture...
    Your shot here is awesome!

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  17. ooh, what a nice shot. Happy Monday. Hope you can visit me too.


    Mellow and Blue Monday
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  18. This is a great photo. There is lots to take in.

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