JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Nikko 日光市
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Posing with maybe with their school teacher.452 views
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Warriors coming down the Omotesando. 武者行列397 views
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Also called "Sennin Gyoretsu" (1,000-person Procession 千人行列), this is Nikko's largest festival held on May 17-18. The highlight is a long procession of over 1,000 people dressed in various costumes.357 viewsThe three portable shrines are dedicated to the spirits of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Minamoto Yoritomo. Photos start with May 17 at Toshogu Shrine, when priests gathered for a ceremony. 発興祭
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The warriors are the procession's main attraction.351 viewsWaiting near Futarasan Shrine's torii.
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Chigo children wearing an elaborate crown with the signs of the eto Oriental Zodiac. Nikko312 viewsNikko Grand Spring Festival in May.
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Shinkyo Sacred Bridge, Nikko 神橋289 views
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Warriors on Omotesando273 views
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Yomeimon Gate, National Treasure, Nikko 陽明門271 views
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Face of a samurai.265 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's mausoleum256 views
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Omotesando main promenade. Also see the video at YouTube. 表参道248 views
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Shrine priest243 views
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Tobu Line train to Nikko. It takes about 2 hours from Asakusa, Tokyo.239 views
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Warriors leaving the Otabisho.236 views
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Dance maidens235 views
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Warriors walk back up the slope in front of the Otabisho.218 views
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Coming down from Yomeimon Gate (National Treasure). 陽明門207 viewsThe gate is a National Treasure and symbol of Nikko.

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Chigo children 稚児, Nikko204 views
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Shrine priests standing202 views
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Passing under the torii at Futarasan Shrine. 二荒山神社190 views二荒山神社
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Priests on a rainy day.187 views
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Shrine priest176 views
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Hear, speak, and see no evil174 viewsWood carving on the horse stable
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Sleeping cat 眠り猫171 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's mausoleum170 views
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Warriors and Five-story Pagoda168 views
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Near departure time at Otabisho167 views
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Five-story pagoda 五重塔159 views
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Shrine maidens 巫女157 views
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Oriental zodiac (hare) carving on five-story pagoda153 views
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Yomeimon Gate, National Treasure 陽明門152 views
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1:30 pm: The end (path to Futarasan Shrine). A similar festival is held in Oct., but on a smaller scale and with only one mikoshi.150 viewsAfter the festival ends, there's enough time to see the shrine.
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Dragon on ceiling that squeaks when you clap.148 views
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Ichino-torii147 views
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Horse stable147 views
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In front of the portable shrine storehouse for the three mikoshi. A ceremony is held to transfer the spirits from the main shrine to the portable shrines. 神輿舎にて宵成渡御145 viewsThis building is right next to the famous Yomei-mon Gate at the Toshogu Shrine.

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Sleeping cat143 views
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Sleeping cat 眠り猫142 views
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Yomeimon Gate140 views
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Oriental zodiac (tiger) carving on five-story pagoda135 views
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Oriental zodiac (dragon) carving on five-story pagoda134 views
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Niomon133 views
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Karamon close-up133 views
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Horse stable129 views
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Karamon129 views
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Passing under Yomeimon Gate.128 views
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Rear of Yomeimon Gate128 views
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Prayer ceremony by priests126 views
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Rear of Yomeimon Gate125 views
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Kids on school trip along Omotesando 表参道124 views
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Yomeimon Gate123 views
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This warrior procession is said to be a reenactment of Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada's visit to Toshogu Shrine, dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu. Successive shoguns visited the shrine as well.122 views上新道
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Inside Tobu Line train122 views
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Group photo121 views
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Tobu Nikko Station 東武日光駅120 views
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The three portable shrines (mikoshi) are then carried out of the storehouse to be taken to Futarasan Shrine.119 views
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Portable shrine storehouse118 views
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Cool heads.116 views
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A National Treasure and World Heritage Site, Nikko's magnificent shrines and temples overshadow any other attractions Tochigi has. The Toshogu Shrine is especially famous and also serves as Tokugawa Ieyasu's mausoleum. Omotesando 表参道115 views
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The spirits of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Minamoto Yoritomo in the three portable shrines are then transferred to Futarasan Shrine. The mikoshi spend the night here.114 views
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Both men and boys wear the warrior costumes.109 views
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Warriors coming down the Omotesando. 武者行列108 views
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Futarasan Shrine's torii107 views
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A short path leads to Futarasan Shrine.105 views
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Portable shrine in Futarasan Shrine's Haiden Hall.105 views二荒山神社 拝殿
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Over 50 different costumes are featured in the procession.105 views
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Second group of mikoshi bearers fall in line.104 views
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The procession's starting point at Futarasan Shrine is a great photo op.102 views
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The three portable shrines (mikoshi) in Futarasan Shrine's Haiden Hall. 二荒山神社 拝殿101 views
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At 11:00 am, the procession starts. They leave Futarasan Shrine through this torii. 上新道101 views上新道
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Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance 東遊の舞101 views
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Warriors make their way through.100 views
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Rear view100 views
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What happened to the white roof for the musicians? Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance 東遊の舞99 viewsThese pictures were taken in different years and combined.
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Start of the Omotesando with Ichino-torii in the background. 一ノ鳥居98 views
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This short path goes to the Omotesando main promenade.98 views上新道
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Beware of horse droppings98 views
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May 18: At 10:35 am, the spirits are transferred from Futarasan Shrine back to the portable shrines.97 viewsFutarasan Shrine's Haiden Hall.

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Mikoshi bearers standing by.97 views
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Mikoshi bearers standing by.96 views
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First group of mikoshi bearers fall in line.96 views
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Grounds of Futarasan Shrine, the starting point of the "1,000-Person Procession." 千人行列96 views
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Warriors with shiny gold helmets.96 views
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Entering Futarasan Shrine's Haiden Hall. All three portable shrines are taken to this hall. 二荒山神社 拝殿95 views
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12 noon: Otabisho resting place. They arrive and have lunch. The three mikoshi are stored in the building on the upper left. 御旅所95 views御旅所
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Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance musicians95 views
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Another mikoshi going up to Omote-mon Gate95 views
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Omotesando main promenade 表参道94 views
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Passing under the torii at Futarasan Shrine. 二荒山神社93 views二荒山神社
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Shrine priests sitting91 views
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The Boy Scouts collect offerings (excluding horse droppings) thrown on the ground by spectators.91 views
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Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance 東遊の舞91 views
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Carrying out the mikoshi from Futarasan Shrine.90 views
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The procession includes about 18 horses.90 views
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Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance 東遊の舞90 views
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People get ready to leave and go back to Toshogu Shrine.90 views
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Those crowns are heavy.90 views
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Carrying out another mikoshi from Futarasan Shrine.89 views
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Mikoshi passing through Ichino-torii89 views
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This is near the end of the Omortesando and they turn left to go to the Otabisho resting place.89 views
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Omotesando is the main part of the route to watch the procession. It is the shrine's largest avenue.89 views
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Carrying out another mikoshi from Futarasan Shrine.88 views
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These two performed the Yaotome-no-Mai. They are leaving the building.88 views
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Chigo children, notice the Oriental zodiac animals on their crowns.88 views
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Sacred music musicians87 views
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Mikoshi87 views
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Dancers leaving the building87 views
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Chigo children and assistants make sure the crown doesn't fall off.87 views
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Carrying out another mikoshi from Futarasan Shrine.86 views
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Otabisho 御旅所85 views
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Wooden birds85 views
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Another lion (shi-shi)84 views
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Warriors going through the Omote-mon Gate.84 views
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Mikoshi coming through Ichino-torii84 views
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Ceremony to give offerings to the shrine deity. 三本立七五膳83 viewsSanbon-date Shichi-jugo zen

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Mikoshi coming through.83 views
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Ceremony to give offerings to the shrine deity. 三本立七五膳83 viewsSanbon-date Shichi-jugo zen

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Offerings of sea bream (tai)83 viewsSanbon-date Shichi-jugo zen

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Banners leading the procession.82 views
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Lion80 views
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Warriors on Omotesando79 views
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Mikoshi going up to Omote-mon Gate79 views
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Procession banners78 views
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Offering of ducks (dead)78 views
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Mikoshi stored in the Otabisho's Shinden Hall, a resting place for spirits in transit. 御旅所 御神殿78 views
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Ceremony at the Otabisho. 御旅所祭77 views
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Mikoshi and Five-story Pagoda77 views
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Mikoshi enter the Ichino-torii77 views
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Ceremony at the Otabisho. 御旅所祭 拝殿76 views
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The three mikoshi are carried out of the Otabisho.76 views
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Ya-otome no Mai Sacred Dance 八乙女の舞75 views
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Mikoshi is carried out of the Otabisho.75 views
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Warriors on Omotesando74 views
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1:00 pm: Departure at Otabisho73 views
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Heading to Omotesando. They follow the same route back.73 views
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Mikoshi is carried out of the Otabisho.73 views
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Leaving the Otabisho.73 views
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Mikoshi and Five-story Pagoda72 views
 
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