JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Yoroi Toshikoshi Shuko 鎧年越
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The bean-throwing was disappointing at Yoroi Toshikoshi Shuko festival in Ashikaga, Tochigi. Few beans and they hardly reached anybody.Feb 24, 2010
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The bean throwing was very short, both time-wise and distance-wise.Feb 24, 2010
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After a few speeches, they got boxes of beans and threw them at us, but only the people up front got hit with beans.Feb 24, 2010
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Within the grounds of Bannaji temple, they all gathered at this small outdoor stage.Feb 24, 2010
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Yoroi Toshikoshi Shuko festival, Ashikaga, Tochigi.Feb 24, 2010
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They all entered Bannaji temple by crossing the narrow arched bridge.Feb 24, 2010
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I saw at least two foreigners also dressed up as well.Feb 24, 2010
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Yoroi Toshikoshi Shuko festival, Ashikaga, Tochigi.Feb 24, 2010
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Once in a while, they would shout a war cry.Feb 24, 2010
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Yoroi Toshikoshi Shuko festival, Ashikaga, Tochigi.Feb 24, 2010
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On Feb. 3, the Yoroi Toshikoshi Shuko festival is held in the evening with a warrior procession going to Bannaji. Start of the warrior procession consisting of local children, men, and women. The procession started at Orihime Kominkan. 織姫公民館Feb 24, 2010
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Going over the arched bridge at Bannaji temple.Feb 24, 2010
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Since it is held at night in the middle of winter, dress warmly.Feb 24, 2010
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At one point along the procession route (a major road), there was a rest station where they served free ama-zake (sweet sake). The hot drink warmed us up.Feb 24, 2010
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Carrying wooden boxes of beans.Feb 24, 2010
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Bannaji temple main hall.Feb 24, 2010
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After going through the gate, there's this path to the temple hall. Now lined with food stalls during the festival.Feb 24, 2010
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Plum treesFeb 24, 2010
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Gate to Bannaji temple. Feb 24, 2010
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Behind the gate to Bannaji temple. Feb 24, 2010
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Gate to Bannaji temple. It is actually an arched bridge.Feb 24, 2010
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Sign near Bannaji temple saying that the warrior procession would start at 7 pm.Feb 24, 2010
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At Ashikaga-shi Station on the Tobu Isezaki Line, there is the Ashikaga Tourist Information Office inside the train station, but it was closed. On the very day when tourists would arrive to see the warrior procession.Feb 24, 2010
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On the way to Bannaji temple, this statue of the Ashikaga lord.Feb 24, 2010
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From Ashikaga-shi Station, cross this bridge over the river to central Ashikaga.Feb 24, 2010
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