JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Taga Taisha Shrine New Year's Day 多賀大社
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Best to see my video of the shrine maidens dancing on Jan. 1, 2014.Apr 22, 2014
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Ito-kiri mochi, a famous local confection in Taga, Shiga.Jan 01, 2014
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Preparing gallons upon gallons of amazake (sweet sake, non-alcoholic). 300 yen/cup.Jan 01, 2014
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Amazake (sweet sake, non-alcoholic) for 300 yen/cup to warm you up.Jan 01, 2014
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Most of the snow had melted.Jan 01, 2014
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Kaguraden stage where they performed sacred dances. They would dance on Jan. 1 and 2, in the morning and early afternoon.Jan 01, 2014
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I was waiting for this. Sacred dances by shrine maidens who looked to be high school girls.Jan 01, 2014
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In the morning and early afternoon of January 1 and 2, shrine maidens perform sacred dances (初神楽) on the Noh stage.Jan 01, 2014
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A fire to burn old New Year's decorations and to warm yourself up. Jan 01, 2014
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Talisman salesJan 01, 2014
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Large groups of worshippers pay a fee to attend prayer ceremonies.Jan 01, 2014
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Money pit for monetary offerings. A few days from now, we will see happy bank employees counting the money from shrines.Jan 01, 2014
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Hope all or most of their hopes and prayers will come true this new year.Jan 01, 2014
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The shrine name means, "Many Felicitations," hence its popularity during New Year's.Jan 01, 2014
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These people insist on praying front and center of the shrine. Even though they can easily go to the left or right side of the shrine to pray more quickly.Jan 01, 2014
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New Year's Day at a large shrine in Japan is such a spectacle.Jan 01, 2014
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Sorry I couldn't wait in line and went to the front and prayed from the side and instead of front and center.Jan 01, 2014
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Sacred horse. Lot of people took photos of this since 2014 is the Year of the Horse.Jan 01, 2014
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This long line lasted through most of the day. About 490,000 people worshipped here during the first three days of 2014. New Year’s prayers is called Hatsumode.Jan 01, 2014
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This place was also jammed. Water fountain where you wash your hands and rinse your mouth for purification. 手水舎Jan 01, 2014
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Took maybe an hour to get to the shrine. MAPJan 01, 2014
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A long line to the shrine is what awaited. This was a lot more people than Jan. 1, 2005 when I visited the last time.Jan 01, 2014
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Stone bridge, closed due to snow.Jan 01, 2014
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Shrine gate. Go in at left and exit on right side.Jan 01, 2014
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The crowd gets thicker near the shrine's entrance.Jan 01, 2014
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On Jan. 1, 2014, a steady stream of worshippers head for Taga Taisha Shrine.Jan 01, 2014
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Torii in front of the train station. "Otaga-san" is the shrine's nickname.Jan 01, 2014
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Taga Taisha Shrine is a short walk from Taga Taisha-mae Station on the Ohmi Railways Line. It's Shiga's most popular shrine during New Year's.Jan 01, 2014
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Monument in front of the train station.Jan 01, 2014
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Dance by shrine maidens on New Year's Day 2005 at Taga Taisha Shrine.. Also see the 2005 video at YouTube.Oct 23, 2005
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Buying New Year's decorations and charms.Oct 23, 2005
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Taga Taisha is dedicated to Izanagi and Izanami, husband and wife deities who created the islands of Japan and many other gods such as Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess. According to the Kojiki Ancient Records, Izanagi retired in Taga, so this shrine was built.Oct 23, 2005
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Taga Taisha Shrine, Shiga. Taga Taisha rethatched its roof and celebrated with a festival in Oct. 2007.Oct 23, 2005
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Giving New Year's prayers at Taga Taisha shrine.Oct 23, 2005
   
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