JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono


Most viewed - Ichinomiya 一宮町
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Being next to the Pacific Ocean, Chiba has quite a few festivals held on the beach. The Kazusa Junisha Matsuri is one of the larger ones. Sept. 13, 2009 (Sun.) was the main festival day when they went in the water at the beach. 721 views
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One great thing about this hadaka matsuri is that there are women as well. Most hadaka matsuri have only men.311 views
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Women too, while they are careful to prevent any nip slips.300 views
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Kazusa Junisha Matsuri Festival, Ichinomiya, Chiba on Sept. 13, 2009.210 views
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Also see my video at YouTube.185 views
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Festival girls posing for me. They love the attention.177 views
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Tossing the mikoshi into the air.168 views
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The men covered their bellies, while the women covered their bellies and chests.154 views
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They give a few cheers before they started running on the beach.135 views
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To the beach and water.130 views
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The portable shrines begin to leave Tamasaki Shrine.129 views
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Kazusa-Ichinomiya Station on the JR Sotobo Line.120 views
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From 7 pm, the mikoshi started returning to Tamasaki Shrine. At 8 pm, the god's spirit in the mikoshi was returned to the shrine.119 views
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PR poster for Kazusa Junisha Matsuri.116 views
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Women standing by to pull the mikoshi.112 views
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A stampede.110 views
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They run on the beach while carrying the mikoshi.106 views
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A portable shrine leaves Tamasaki Shrine.105 views
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The mikoshi arrive on the beach.98 views
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Here they come.96 views
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The girls had their hair airbrushed with colorful designs. I've noticed that women and girls participating in matsuri have become quite fashionable, chic, or hip.95 views
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Girls were originally not allowed to participate in the festival, but now they do even though it is a hadaka (nude) festival. Of course, no one is really naked.94 views
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They are cheering and shouting throughout.94 views
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Tamasaki Shrine is crowded with people as a ceremony still goes on. The Kazusa Junisha Matsuri started in 807. It is designated as Chiba Prefecture's Intangible Cultural Property.87 views
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On the beach. Good spot for surfing as well.86 views
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Love these women running and pulling the mikoshi.86 views
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More women in fashionable clothing to pull a mikoshi.85 views
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Sacred horse84 views
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Women waved fans.80 views
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The beginning of the procession consists of a few portable shrines pulled by children.78 views
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Sacred dance at the Kaguraden by Sarutahiko.77 views
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Also see my video at YouTube.77 views
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This festival separates the amateur photographers from the pros. Amateurs wear long pants and shoes and enter the ocean to take pictures. I was of course wearing shorts and rubber slippers (but barefoot in the water).77 views
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Also see my video at YouTube.77 views
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My YouTube video of the Kazusa Junisha Matsuri in 2009. Watch them in the water and the girls waving fans.76 views
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The day starts with a Shinto ceremony at 10 am at Tamasaki Shrine, near Kazusa-Ichinomiya Station on the JR Sotobo Line. 玉前神社75 views
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On Kujukuri Beach, there a stretch of beach called Tsurigasaki Kaigan Beach marked by a torii. This will be the Tokyo 2020 Olympic venue for surfing.75 views
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One of the child horse riders.74 views
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Back at Tamasaki Shrine are two other portable shrines which had arrived from Sannomiya Shrine, one of the junisha (12 shrines) in the Kazusa area.74 views
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Tsurigasaki Kaigan is where the horses and portable shrines will start to arrive at 2:30 pm to 3 pm. This is where the crowd is. But the beach is big enough for all of us.74 views
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Child rider leaving Tamasaki Shrine.73 views
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The beach is too far to walk, so they provided free shuttle buses to the beach from Kazusa-Ichinomiya Station from 2 pm. It was a 10-15 min. ride to the beach.73 views
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More mikoshi arrive.73 views
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Also see my video at YouTube.73 views
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Two portable shrines in front of the Kaguraden stage. Kazusa is the name of the former province in central Chiba Prefecture. Junisha means twelve shrines.72 views
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They prop up the mikoshi before carrying it toward the ceremony place.72 views
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Tamasaki Shrine torii71 views
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The sacred horse and child riders soon join the procession as they leave Tamasaki Shrine.71 views
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They head for Tsurigasaki Beach, where the torii is.71 views
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In the water, maybe ankle deep. But the waves made it knee-deep.71 views
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Child horse rider sits on a bunch of soft cushions on the horse.70 views
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The mikoshi start to gather for a ceremony.70 views
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Tsurigasaki Kaigan beach is where they believe the gods arrive. 釣ケ先海岸69 views
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Leaving Tamasaki Shrine. It was impossible to judge where I should be to take good shots. I missed quite a few opportunities. I have to see the festival again to take the shots I wanted to take this time.68 views
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Shrine priest arrive on horseback. He looked very weary. It was a hot day too.68 views
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They then ran with the portable shrine. They will run while carrying the shrine to the beach several kilometers away.66 views
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Returning to land.66 views
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It's amazing that no one tripped and fell.66 views
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One child horse rider arrives.65 views
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A procession departs Tamasaki Shrine at 1 pm, led by Sarutahiko.64 views
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The mikoshi start to gather for a ceremony as they all run at full speed.62 views
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Sometimes they tossed the mikoshi up.62 views
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Back on land.61 views
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They kept waving their fans and cheering in the water.61 views
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Then the mikoshi sped by one after another.61 views
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The sacred horse arrive in town.61 views
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After the ceremony, they head for the water.60 views
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Very jovial and noisy.60 views
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They tossed the mikoshi into the air a few times.60 views
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You could go in front of them to shoot their faces, but the water would be deeper.60 views
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Great spectacle, especially with women included. Great idea to allow women in the festival.60 views
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The boy looked thrilled to be riding at full speed. Very bumpy though.60 views
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Like on the beach, they wave fans and cheer.60 views
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I kept shooting their backs. Next time, I'll try to shoot more faces.59 views
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The next spectacle was them running through the torii on the beach.59 views
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From 6 pm, they paraded the mikoshi on the main road near Tamasaki Shrine.59 views
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All the mikoshi headed for the torii.58 views
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Making way for the horses.58 views
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More horses arrive.56 views
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Shrine priest arrives.56 views
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Everyone is yelling and cheering.55 views
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It would take them about an hour to get back to town.55 views
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First were the horses galloping through. Each horse was guided by two men running alongside.54 views
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