Archive for October, 2010

Although many people consider the Yamaboko Junkō parade to be the main event of Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri festival, I was really looking forward to seeing the shinkousai (神幸祭 — literally ‘god happiness festival’) at Yasaka-jinja.  The origin of Gion Matsuri dates back to 869 AD when a plague ravaged the Kyoto area.  Thinking that the […]


Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri festival (祇園祭), which is one of Japan’s “big three” festivals, takes place every year over the course of the entire month of July.  Though there are special events scheduled for almost every day during the month of July, what is generally considered the main event — the Yamaboko Junkō (山鉾巡行) parade — […]


Photo information, by order of appearance, including camera, lens, and film type: 1) Voigtlander Bessa-T, 50mm Nokton, Fuji Reala 100. 2) Voigtlander Bessa R2A, 35mm Ultron, Kodak Gold 100. 3) Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom. 4) Fujifilm FinePix Z1. 5) Voigtlander Bessa-T, 50mm Nokton, uncertain film.


octopus theater

21Oct10

Photo information, by order of appearance, including camera, lens, and film type: 1) Voigtlander Bessa-T, 50mm Nokton, uncertain film type. 2) Voigtlander Bessa R2A, 35mm Ultron, Fuji Natura 1600. 3) Ricoh GRD2, digital square. 4) Voigtlander Bessa R2A, 35mm Ultron, Kodak 400 Ultra Color. 5) Voigtlander Bessa R2A, 35mm Ultron, Kodak 400 Ultra Color.


gigantor

11Oct10

There seems to be an abundance of life-sized recreations of giant robots popping up all over Japan at the moment, a trend that I fully support.  The latest of these is an 18-meter tall recreation of Testujin 28-go (鉄人28号) —  known as Gigantor in English — that was constructed as part of an effort to […]


This year for Tenjin Matsuri I decided to skip the boat parade and see the 1,ooo-year-old Rikutogyo (陸渡御) procession instead.  This procession involves some 3,000 participants who parade from Osaka’s Tenmangu shrine to the Okawa river, where the two golden mikoshi (portable shrines) are ultimately deposited on the boats that will take them up and […]


I’ve been to see Tenjin Matsuri (天神祭) most years since moving to Osaka in 2005, and last year was no exception.  The festival, which is over a thousand years old, begins at Osaka’s Tenmangu shrine and is dedicated to Michizane Sugawara, the defied god of learning.The first few times I went to see the festival […]



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