JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Sawara no Taisai Autumn Festival 佐原の大祭秋祭り
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My Youtube video of Sawara Autumn Festival taken in Oct. 2015.Dating back 300 years, the festival is held for three days in July (10 floats) and Oct. (14 floats). The float pullers also dance and the main highlight is when they turn the float a few times. The festival is a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. In fall 2016, it will be one of the 33 Yama, Hoko, and Yatai float festivals in Japan to be inscribed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.Sep 07, 2016
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I couldn't stay until the endsince I had to catch mytrain back to Tokyo.Sep 07, 2016
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With great fanfare, the floats turned a few times at the intersection before it proceeded. Sep 07, 2016
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They shout "wasshoi!"Sep 07, 2016
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Ono-no-Tofu 小野道風 float from Shin-Hashimoto 新橋本.Sep 07, 2016
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This float danced at the intersection too.Sep 07, 2016
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Yamato Takeru-no-Mikoto float from Kita Yokojuku 北横宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Yamato Takeru float arrives at the intersection.Sep 07, 2016
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From 5 pm, the floats came to this intersection to perform the no-no-ji mawashi turn. のの字廻しSep 07, 2016
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Rest place next to supermarket.Sep 07, 2016
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Local supermarket and rest stop.Sep 07, 2016
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Yamato Takeru-no-Mikoto float from Kita Yokojuku 北横宿.Sep 07, 2016
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From around 4 pm, they started parking the floats to put on paper lanterns.Sep 07, 2016
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Shrine maidens.Sep 07, 2016
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Marks on the road left by float wheels.Sep 07, 2016
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.Sep 07, 2016
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.Sep 07, 2016
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.Sep 07, 2016
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Emperor Nintoku float from Minami-yokojuku 南横宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Emperor Nintoku float from Minami-yokojuku 南横宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Sawara Autumn Festival in Katori, Chiba. Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸 trying dodge obstacles.Sep 07, 2016
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Sawara Autumn Festival in Katori, Chiba. Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.Sep 07, 2016
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.Sep 07, 2016
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.Sep 07, 2016
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.Sep 07, 2016
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.Sep 07, 2016
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.Sep 07, 2016
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Suwa Daijin float from Kami Shinmachi 上新町.Sep 07, 2016
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.Sep 07, 2016
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.Sep 07, 2016
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.Sep 07, 2016
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Sawara Autumn Festival in Katori, Chiba. Float pullers/dancers shout "wasshoi" at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Float pullers also dance and sing (wasshoi!) when the float stops. Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Wooden carvings on Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Food stall areaSep 07, 2016
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分 in front of JR Sawara Station.Sep 07, 2016
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Float pullers.Sep 07, 2016
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The Sawara no Taisai Autumn Festival has ornate floats paraded around Sawara in Oct. Floats (called dashi) are about 7 meters high and weigh 3 to 4 tons. The floats have intricate wood carvings and a large doll depicting a historical or legendary Japanese figure. Each float is from a neighborhood in Sawara. Most of the floats and dolls were made in the late 19th century or early 20th century. Held near JR Sawara Station (JR Narita Line) and along Ono River's traditional townscape. These photos were taken on Oct. 10, 2015.Sep 07, 2016
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Sawara Autumn Festival held in Oct. in Katori, Chiba. Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分 in front of JR Sawara Station.Shimowake 下分Sep 07, 2016
     
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