JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Be sure to wear a mask when in crowds.


Last additions - Hachioji 八王子市
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My YouTube video of the Hachioji Matsuri in 2009.Jun 06, 2010
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Poster for Hachioji Matsuri in 2009.Aug 20, 2009
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Coming down on Yu Road.Aug 20, 2009
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Another float procession.Aug 20, 2009
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Finally, the floats disbanded as they left one by one.Aug 20, 2009
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Also see my video at YouTube.Aug 20, 2009
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Very crowded at Hachioji Matsuri.Aug 20, 2009
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Back to the more crowded Shimo-chiku was a meeting of nine floats at 7:45 pm. They were together for 30 min. 山車年番送り 札の辻Aug 20, 2009
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White foxAug 20, 2009
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Shishimai lion dance, Hachioji Matsuri.Aug 20, 2009
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There are always people riding on the roof of the floats.Aug 20, 2009
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Two floats in Kami-chiku.Aug 20, 2009
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Now this is the Kami-chiku (上地区) section of Koshu Kaido where more floats were being paraded. However, I noticed that there were fewer people here. It's further away from the train station.Aug 20, 2009
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Geisha-like musicians, playing the samisen.Aug 20, 2009
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One float had a group of geisha-like musicians.Aug 20, 2009
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Pulling a float at Hachioji Matsuri.Aug 20, 2009
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TekomaiAug 20, 2009
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They pulled the floats up and down the main road.Aug 20, 2009
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One traditional float featuring dolls.Aug 20, 2009
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Sometimes two floats would meet up again and perform together.Aug 20, 2009
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Women in yukata watching the Hachioji Matsuri.Aug 20, 2009
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After the buttsuke meeting, the floats disband into the street.Aug 20, 2009
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Then at 6 pm, they held a "buttsuke" meeting between a few floats which performed at an intersection. This was at the Yokoyama-tsuji intersection. ぶっつけAug 20, 2009
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Flute playersAug 20, 2009
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Hachioji Matsuri. Also see my video at YouTube.Aug 20, 2009
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A girl twirling a decorative pole.Aug 20, 2009
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She was doing it to music. Hachioji Matsuri.Aug 20, 2009
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Koshu Kaido is filled with people during the mikoshi procession.Aug 20, 2009
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Tekomai at Hachioji Matsuri, Tokyo.Aug 20, 2009
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The floats have a masked person dancing as a fox, etc. They are messengers of the gods.Aug 20, 2009
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During the Edo Period, the floats originally had dolls. But since the late Meiji Period, the floats have become sculptured wooden floats. Eight of the floats were lost during World War II, but they were rebuilt. So some of them look quite new. Aug 20, 2009
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This float had a group of tekomai women, Hachioji Matsuri.Aug 20, 2009
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Earlier during the third day, they had Shishimai lion dances by this pair of lions displayed here.Aug 20, 2009
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On the Koshu Kaido main road, they started a mikoshi (portable shrine) procession from 5 pm on the third day.Aug 20, 2009
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All-female mikoshi bearers.Aug 20, 2009
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Mikoshi bearersAug 20, 2009
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There are 19 floats (dashi). Nine of them belong to the Shimo-chiku area of Hachiman Yakumo Shrine in the east part of the city. And ten of them are from the west part (Kami-chiku) under Taga Shrine.Aug 20, 2009
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Yu Road is a shopping road.Aug 20, 2009
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A float procession is ready to walk down Yu Road at 5 pm.Aug 20, 2009
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Near the train station is this diagonal road called "Yu Road" leading to the Koshu Kaido (Route 20) main road where the festival is held. Aug 20, 2009
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JR Hachioji Station is decorated with Hachioji Matsuri paper lanterns. The station also had a festival information booth where you could obtain free festival maps/pamphlets and information (in Jaoanese).Aug 20, 2009
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JR Hachioji Station is a very busy train station.Aug 20, 2009
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Minyo Nagashi folk dancing at Hachioji Matsuri, Tokyo.Aug 20, 2009
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In the evening on the second day of Hachioji Matsuri is a large folk dance parade called Minyo Nagashi during 4 pm to 6 pm. 民踊流しAug 20, 2009
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Taiko drummer at Hachioji Matsuri. She was very good.Aug 20, 2009
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Taiko drummer at Hachioji Matsuri.Aug 20, 2009
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From the Edo Period, the festival was originally held by two local shrines, the Hachiman Yakumo Shrine and Taga Shrine. Both shrines are still involved, but today the festival is more of a community event organized by a large group of local organizations.Aug 20, 2009
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The second day also has a taiko drumming contest for the Kanto region.Aug 20, 2009
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I went on the second day years ago, and on the third day on Aug. 9, 2009. The second day features a parade of the 19 floats. The festival attracted over 600,000 people during the three days in Aug. 2009.Aug 20, 2009
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The Hachioji Matsuri is Hachioji's biggest event of the year. Held during the first weekend (Fri-Sun.) of Aug., it is basically a festival of ornate floats paraded around the main streets near JR Hachioji Station. Aug 20, 2009
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Costume gals. Even these girls walked on the fire.

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Back at the Yakuoin temple which belongs to the Shingon Sect of Buddhism. 薬王院Mar 16, 2005
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Priests parade back to temple.Mar 16, 2005
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Yamabushi--mountain ascetic priests. They carried a conch-shell-like instrument.Mar 16, 2005
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End of the walk. Again we dip our feet in salt. We all ended up with muddy feet. There was no place to wash our feet either. Bringing wet tissues is highly recommended if you plan to walk on the fire.Mar 16, 2005
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This is what it looked like by the time we got there. Hardly any fire. It was somewhat wet, and it did not feel hot or warm at all. Pretty disappointing...This is what it looked like by the time we got there. Hardly any fire. It was somewhat wet, and it did not feel hot or warm at all. Pretty disappointing...Mar 16, 2005
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Then we stick our feet in salt.Mar 16, 2005
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First we pass through a gauntlet of chanters.Mar 16, 2005
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Everyone crosses barefoot, so we took off our shoes as we approached the fire crossing.Mar 16, 2005
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End of the line. It reads, "Saikobi."Mar 16, 2005
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After the priests, the general public is invited to stand in line and cross the fire for free.Mar 16, 2005
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Long line: It took us over 30 minutes to reach the fire.Mar 16, 2005
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I always wondered how hot it was to walk on the fire, so this time I decided to walk over the fire just to see how much heat my feet could bear. Also see the video at YouTube.Mar 16, 2005
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After crossing the fire, each person is blessed by the head priest with a tap on the shoulder by a baton.Mar 16, 2005
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Hiwatari fire-crossing festival, Mt. Takao, TokyoMar 16, 2005
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Walking on fireMar 16, 2005
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Before and after walking over the fire, they stick their feet into a pile of salt.Mar 16, 2005
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First the priests walked on the fire.Mar 16, 2005
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Blessing the pathMar 16, 2005
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This priest splashed the boiling contents of this pot over himself.Mar 16, 2005
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Head priestMar 16, 2005
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Raking the fireMar 16, 2005
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Raking the fire. They are making the footpath for fire walkers.Mar 16, 2005
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She was tossing out these paper things to the crowd.Mar 16, 2005
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The pile catches fire very easily due to the kerosene. Even at this distance, it gets very hot. Also see the video at YouTube.Mar 16, 2005
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Dai-hiwatari Festival, Mt. Takao, TokyoMar 16, 2005
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The pile is first ignited from two sides.Mar 16, 2005
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This long torch will be used to ignite the pile.Mar 16, 2005
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He shoots an arrow into the pile from the four corners.Mar 16, 2005
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Divine arrow to ward off any life-threatening devils. The festival is executed by the mountain ascetic priests called yamabushi.
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Various ceremonies, rituals, and chanting takes place during one hour from 1 pm. Divine ax used to cut away earthly desires.Mar 16, 2005
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The name of the festival is "Hiwatari," literally meaning fire crossing. They make a big fire, then allow people to walk over the embers. This is the centerpiece of the festival, a pile of cypress tree branches to be burned.Mar 16, 2005
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This festival is held on the second Sunday every March at the foot of Mt. Takao. It takes less than an hour from Shinjuku via the Keio Line. Train fare is only 370 yen. The pile of tree branches is supported by a wooden framework. A priest pours kerosene.Mar 16, 2005
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The festival site is a short walk from Takao-san-guchi Station. It's held in this large lot cordoned off by a sacred rope. This festival is held as a prayer for traffic safety, household safety, and personal safety. It is held by the Yakuoin Yukiji Te
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