JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Tenno-sai Festival 天王祭
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The festival is actually held from the first to second Sunday in July. Eighth day is the main day.296 viewsThe festival procession comes toward Enoshima's gateway which is the Seido no Torii (青銅の鳥居) gate.
This day-long festival starts at 9:30 am at Enoshima's Hetsunomiya Shrine. A large mikoshi (portable shrine) from Yasaka Shrine is carried from the shrine to Koyuguri Shrine on the mainland. Along the way, the mikoshi is carried into the ocean. On the mainland, the Yasaka mikoshi is met with a mikoshi from Koyuguri Shrine. They then parade together along a shopping street before the Yasaka mikoshi goes back to Enoshima at around 6 pm.
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Blessings at sea268 viewsThe mikoshi and bearers are blessed by a shrine priest on a boat wielding a sacred staff.
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Down ramp250 views
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Secondary shrines218 views
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Koyurugi Shrine189 views
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Tengu man139 viewsIn the searing heat of summer, this costume must be unbearable.
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Water's edge136 views
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At sea126 viewsShrine helpers on a boat splash buckets of sea water on the mikoshi bearers.
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Passing by Ryukoji Temple116 views
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Parading along a shopping street116 views
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Streetcar break113 views
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Passing Enoshima Station112 views
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Entrance to Koyurugi Shrine112 viewsIt is dedicated to the sea goddess.
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Knockers112 viewsWhen they carry the mikoshi, a pair of knockers on both sides the mikoshi are struck to make a rhythmic sound.
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Crossing over110 views
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Mikoshi made of acorns109 views
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Tram break109 viewsPart of the procession route also happened to be the Enoden streetcar route so we had to make way for the passing streetcar every 15 min. or so. There were streetcar personnel who blew their loud whistles whenever a streetcar was to pass through. I got scolded for sticking out my head to take this shot.
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Mikoshi face-off106 viewsThe shrine from Yasaka Shrine on Enoshima is the male (left), and the mikoshi from Koyurugi Shrine (foreground) is female.
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Koyurugi Shrine lookout106 viewsThe shrine is built atop a cliff overlooking the ocean, and there's small lookout offering sweeping view with Enoshima in the distance.
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Preparing for the sea103 viewsDuring a break, the mikoshi is prepared for a run in the ocean.
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Mikoshi couple. Also see the video at YouTube.103 views
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