Hi there and TE friends
Long time no see again, sorry for my absence,but I am back again, and I hope I will be more regular.
Well, back to the picture.
I went to Takisanji Temple an hour away from Higashi Okazaki for this fire festival.
The Oni Matsuri (Ogre or fire festival) is held here every February - usually on the Saturday closest to February 7th as this is the the New Year in the old Lunar Calendar. Part of the festival involves blessings for 42, 25, and 12 year old males - of which about 3 males are selected as representatives for participation in a ceremony held in the main hall.
The 3 males wear ceremonial masks - the 42 year wears the mask of a grandfather, the 25 year old the mask of a grandmother, and the young boy wears the mask of a grandson. In addition, about 30 men (usually but not necessarily elderly men) who were born in a year with the same sign of the Chinese zodiac as the year of the festival (for example in 2001 - the year of the snake) participate in a ceremony holding burning torches. The festival is famous in the Mikawa region as a traditional religious ceremony to greet the beginning of spring.
Takisanji Temple has many national important cultural properties including the Kamakura-styled Main Hall, Sanmon Gate, and the sacred statue of the Goddess of Mercy which not only has the remains of Yorimoto, but is also said to be built in his life-size.
I thought it was a little dangerous that kids were handling fire, but I guess there were fire fighters on the ready if any mishap did occur.
I hope you like it
here is the video of the event
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indoka28 (5261) 2009-02-24 4:00
This is supposed to be a very fiery pic with a lot of flames all around..but i am feeling peace...probably because of the expressions of the bioy and his attire...wonderful shot..!!! and great solours
ChrisJ (101756) 2009-02-24 4:21
Hi Dan & welcome back!
Wonderful warm fiery colours of orange, with the 2 persons adding a welcome human element. Excellent sharpness & contrast. Congratulations!
Yves-triga (5149) 2009-02-24 4:30
Very nice realisation,
well effects with this ashes of fire.
coco (30439) 2009-02-24 4:49
Excellent work with yout composition and DOF. The subject is really good too.
jhm (141937) 2009-02-25 4:02
Very nice picture, we look at to a wonderful and real picture of the fire festival.
Lovely colourfully and nice daily life shot.
Very well done, TFS.
jaywalker (16101) 2009-02-25 12:02
Hi Dan, A very nice capture of these festivities, the fire & smoke has been brilliantly shot & the people are in great position behind, super light & well composed, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
archimatica (20325) 2009-02-25 13:00
very nice realisation.
Lovely colourfully, great effect.
I like it!
jrj (34841) 2009-03-02 2:19
Good capture from the event Dan - alse the video very spectacular. Interesting background.
tcht (7565) 2009-03-14 18:42
hi dan, what a wonderful pic! great moment you captured here and nicely framed that youngster between the flames... look forward to seeing more :)
- Copyright: Dan Leung (Kenny10pin) (19301)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-02-07
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 18-200 mm F/3.5-6.3 DC OS, 8GB CF
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-02-24 3:58