JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono


Most viewed - Yoroi Toshikoshi Shuko 鎧年越
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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.161 views
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Yoroi Toshikoshi Shuko festival, Ashikaga, Tochigi.143 views
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The bean-throwing was disappointing at Yoroi Toshikoshi Shuko festival in Ashikaga, Tochigi. Few beans and they hardly reached anybody.135 views
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Yoroi Toshikoshi Shuko festival, Ashikaga, Tochigi.122 views
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Yoroi Toshikoshi Shuko festival, Ashikaga, Tochigi.108 views
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Japan's oldest school.67 views
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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.51 views
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The bean throwing was very short, both time-wise and distance-wise.51 views
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Going over the arched bridge at Bannaji temple.50 views
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They all entered Bannaji temple by crossing the narrow arched bridge.50 views
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Gate to Bannaji temple. It is actually an arched bridge.49 views
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Sign near Bannaji temple saying that the warrior procession would start at 7 pm.47 views
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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.47 views
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On the way to Bannaji temple, this statue of the Ashikaga lord.46 views
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From Ashikaga-shi Station, cross this bridge over the river to central Ashikaga.45 views
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Behind the gate to Bannaji temple. 45 views
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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.43 views
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I saw at least two foreigners also dressed up as well.42 views
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Gate to Bannaji temple. 40 views
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Once in a while, they would shout a war cry.40 views
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Within the grounds of Bannaji temple, they all gathered at this small outdoor stage.40 views
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Bannaji temple main hall.39 views
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Since it is held at night in the middle of winter, dress warmly.39 views
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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39 views
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Plum trees36 views
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Carrying wooden boxes of beans.35 views
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