JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Be sure to wear a mask when traveling.


Most viewed - Takebe Taisha Senko-sai 建部大社船幸祭
sk239-20100817_9364.jpg
The two Biwako Otsu Tourist Ambassadors for 2010, Inoue Madoka and Nagata Megumi. Selected from among 21 applicants in April 2010. For one year, their job is to promote tourism in Otsu. びわ湖大津観光大使:井上まどか、永田めぐみ293 views
sk223-20100817_9235.jpg
Nagata Megumi, Biwako Otsu Tourist Ambassador for 2010, was also in the procession. 永田めぐみ231 views
sk200-20100817_9129.jpg
One of Otsu's Big Three Festivals, the Senko-sai is a portable shrine procession on boats going down Seta River from Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge to Nango sluice and back. Held annually on Aug. 17 by Takebe Taisha Shrine. The festival starts at 5 pm.213 views
sk269-senkosai.youtube
Senko-sai video (embedded).145 views
sk249-20100817_9410.jpg
The main mikoshi on the boat during the Senko-sai festival on Setagawa River in Otsu.136 views
sk263-20100817_9471.jpg
Boat with the three portable shrines pass under Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge.133 views
sk258-20100817_9438.jpg
Boat with the main portable shrine pass under Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge.121 views
sk268-20100817_9482.jpg
By 6 pm, all the boats left and we would have to wait 2 hours to see the fireworks when they returned. Unfortunately, I couldn't stand the heat and left. Perhaps I'll see the fireworks someday.80 views
sk225-20100817_9241.jpg
Escorted by taiko drummers, the main mikoshi arrives at the east end of Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge.76 views
sk236-20100817_9345.jpg
Hauling the main mikoshi onto the boat.68 views
sk224-20100817_9239.jpg
The two Biwako Otsu Tourist Ambassadors for 2010. びわ湖大津観光大使:井上まどか、永田めぐみ67 views
sk243-20100817_9390.jpg
Boat pier north of the east end of Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge. This is where the crowd was concentrated. People gave a few speeches before the boats left.67 views
sk203-20100817_9138.jpg
The Senko-sai festival personifies the marine journey of legendary prince and warrior Yamato Takeru. It also prays for water safety. Yamato Takeru is one god Takebe Taisha Shrine worships.66 views
sk267-20100817_9481.jpg
Lansing passing under Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge.66 views
sk262-20100817_9467.jpg
Boat with the three portable shrines pass under Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge.64 views
sk238-20100817_9358.jpg
63 views
sk212-20100817_9166.jpg
The festival started at 5 pm when the mikoshi (portable shrine) procession departed Takebe Taisha Shrine about 500 meters from the east end of Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge.60 views
sk240-20100817_9367.jpg
55 views
sk264-20100817_9474.jpg
Other boats follow. They all proceeded to the shrine's Otabisho near the Nango sluice on Seta River. A Shinto ceremony would be performed there before they returned back to Seta Karahashi Bridge at 8 pm.55 views
sk237-20100817_9347.jpg
54 views
sk201-20100817_9141.jpg
Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge had four bamboo poles indicating where the mikoshi (portable shrine) boats will pass under. These photos were taken on Aug. 17, 2010, a very hot day. MAP53 views
sk222-20100817_9232.jpg
50 views
sk205-20100817_9144.jpg
The two mikoshi boats have dragon heads.49 views
sk242-20100817_9381.jpg
48 views
sk265-20100817_9477.jpg
A yakata-bune shrine boat passes under Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge. This festival reminded me of the Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka, but on a smaller scale.48 views
sk202-20100817_9148.jpg
Sign says that people cannot enter the middle section of the bridge under which the mikoshi will pass.46 views
sk215-20100817_9177.jpg
Shrine maidens46 views
sk266-20100817_9478.jpg
Interlaken passing under Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge.46 views
sk206-20100817_9145.jpg
More boats to be in the procession.45 views
sk208-20100817_9152.jpg
Pier scene near Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge.45 views
sk252-20100817_9415.jpg
45 views
sk259-20100817_9440.jpg
45 views
sk207-20100817_9136.jpg
44 views
sk217-20100817_9187.jpg
First was a children's mikoshi (portable shrine).44 views
sk232-20100817_9303.jpg
The mikoshi carried by the ladies is loaded onto the boat.44 views
sk241-20100817_9379.jpg
All the mikoshi are loaded up on the boats and ready to go.44 views
sk260-20100817_9450.jpg
Boat with the main portable shrine pass under Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge.44 views
sk204-20100817_9132.jpg
The east bank of Seta River near Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge.43 views
sk234-20100817_9327.jpg
Heading for the boat.43 views
sk247-20100817_9401.jpg
43 views
sk211-20100817_9157.jpg
Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge.42 views
sk210-20100817_9158.jpg
These two cruise boats (Lansing and Interlaken) were chartered for the festival.41 views
sk214-20100817_9176.jpg
Even though this is one of Otsu's Big Three Festivals (others are Sanno-sai and Otsu Matsuri), the crowd watching was surprisingly sparse. 41 views
sk235-20100817_9336.jpg
Carrying the main mikoshi to the boat.41 views
sk245-20100817_9395.jpg
The main mikoshi all set on the boat.41 views
sk256-20100817_9429.jpg
The crowd watching the boat procession was sparse. It seems most people were waiting for the fireworks instead. It was a hot day too.41 views
sk220-20100817_9212.jpg
The third mikoshi was carried by women.40 views
sk227-20100817_9272.jpg
They do a few maneuvers with the main mikoshi.40 views
sk229-20100817_9281.jpg
40 views
sk233-20100817_9318.jpg
The main mikoshi arrives at the boat pier.40 views
sk250-20100817_9413.jpg
The three mikoshi head upstream.40 views
sk254-20100817_9422.jpg
Lansing going to rendezvous with the other boats. Most of Lake Biwa's cruise boats are named after Shiga's sister states (like Michigan) or cities. Lansing is in Michigan.40 views
sk255-20100817_9425.jpg
After making a U-turn, the boats head downstream toward Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge.40 views
sk261-20100817_9465.jpg
40 views
sk209-20100817_9156.jpg
Mikoshi boats await the mikoshi.39 views
sk213-20100817_9174.jpg
The procession arrived at the east end of Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge at about 5:15 pm.39 views
sk228-20100817_9274.jpg
39 views
sk231-20100817_9293.jpg
39 views
sk253-20100817_9419.jpg
The fireworks barge can be seen on the distance.39 views
sk219-20100817_9197.jpg
38 views
sk251-20100817_9414.jpg
All the boats first head upstream toward Lake Biwa, then they make a U-turn and sail downstream down Seta River.38 views
sk218-20100817_9189.jpg
Followed by another children's mikoshi.37 views
sk257-20100817_9435.jpg
Heading the boat procession is the main mikoshi now passing under Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge.37 views
sk216-20100817_9181.jpg
Archer36 views
sk221-20100817_9224.jpg
36 views
sk230-20100817_9287.jpg
36 views
sk246-20100817_9398.jpg
The boat with the three mikoshi aboard is pulled away by tugboat.36 views
sk226-20100817_9245.jpg
35 views
sk244-20100817_9389.jpg
35 views
sk248-20100817_9402.jpg
Next, the boat carrying the main mikoshi is taken upstream. 35 views
   
70 files on 1 page(s)