JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Kenketo Matsuri Festival ケンケト祭り
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Also see my YouTube Video here.May 15, 2009
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Naginata Odori in Ryuo. 長刀仕舞振り(長刀芸)May 15, 2009
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Naginata dance 長刀仕舞振り(長刀芸)May 15, 2009
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Kenketo Matsuri posterMay 15, 2009
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Kenketo Matsuri in Ryuo. Also see my YouTube Video here.May 15, 2009
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The boys had these small bells on their back.May 15, 2009
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Back at Suginoki Shrine.May 15, 2009
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The procession arrived Higashi Hiyoshi Shrine at about 2:15 pm.May 15, 2009
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Suginoki Shrine May 15, 2009
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Suginoki Shrine Honden HallMay 15, 2009
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Another path to the shrine decorated with paper lanterns.May 15, 2009
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Stone monument commemorating Suginoki Shrine as the birthplace as the Naginata Matsuri festival. 薙刀踊り発祥の宮(石碑) 杉之木神社May 15, 2009
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Suginoki Shrine Honden HallMay 15, 2009
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The main path to Suginoki Shrine in Ryuo where the Kenketo and naginata procession will come through. The Kenketo Matsuri festival is held annually on May 3. It features the naginata dance and more.May 15, 2009
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On the day of the festival on May 3, the Kenketo and naginata dance are held at multiple shrines in the area including neighboring Higashi-Omi. This is Higashi Hiyoshi Shrine (short walk from Suginoki) where a kenketo procession was to arrive and dance.May 15, 2009
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Grounds of Suginoki Shrine and main venue for the Kenketo Festival in Ryuo.May 15, 2009
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Suginoki Jinja Shrine. A short walk from Yamanoue 山之上 bus stop from JR Omi-Hachiman Station. 杉之木神社 MAPMay 15, 2009
   
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