I took this shot today at Takayama, apparently today was one of Japans biggest Festivals, well one of three to be precise and I was very very happy to be part of it.
This was probably one of the most amazing festivals that I have been to in Japan.
So over the next few days I will select a range of pictures, suiting all flavours.
You wont believe it, but the blossoms in this part of Japan are at there peak, arghhhhhh.
Below is more information on the whole event.
14-15 April 2004 (Twice a year)
One of Japan's greatest and most beautiful festivals, dating back to the 15th century, the Takayama Matsuri is held twice a year in the city, once in spring and once in autumn.
The Takayama festival floats are particularly stunning, even by the standards of other Japanese festivals. They are beautifully decorated with carvings, dolls, thick and elaborately woven curtains, lacquerware and bamboo blinds. Even the inside of the floats are adorned with intricate carvings that cover every surface and door.
On April the 15th is the highlight of the festival - marionette performances are held on several of the floats and the god of the shrine visits every household. There are groups of traditional Shinto musicians, mikoshis or palanquins carrying portable shrines and revellers clad in evocative medieval costumes. The day finishes with another solemn ceremony at the shrine.
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ianmcall (1213) 2004-04-15 10:44
What a great float! The carvings must take a very long time to do.
Nice light and colours and an interesting shot to bring us on the day it happened. A pity the shoulder is blocking th eprofile of the man on the right
Jeppe (18654) 2004-04-15 12:02
Different and new angle of this shot - Or perhaps you hasen't got much choice -
I like the fine details you got on this shot - very nice work Daniel.
jhm (153674) 2004-04-15 12:05
Nice picture Qaniel, and nice light and colours and an interesting shot to bring us on the day it happened. Good job.
carper (96) 2004-04-15 12:11
Very nice taken Daniel,
Good composition, good colours and an exelent note with the photo, good job again.
summer89 (5422) 2004-04-15 12:30
Great composition, Daniel.
I like this angle, down-to-top.
sunny (3069) 2004-04-15 14:10
Very interesting composition and angle of taking, allowing to use the sky as a lovely background. This way it is not overexposed and also brings the nice mood of the festival. Very well seen and captured, Daniel!
Thank you for the nice story too. :-)
nwoehnl (122) 2004-04-15 14:15
A beautiful shot taken from an excellent angle, Dan. Very colorful and ornate detail, great contrast, and the flute-playing kids are a fun and key addition to this scene. Great note as well. Well done, looking forward to the other shots you're going to post of this event.
Georges (11185) 2004-04-15 16:44
L'attention de cet enfant a été bien capter pour ma part le resultat est correct et le cadrage super en nous faisant profiter d'une belle percpective. Bien vu Daniel
Spoony (3539) 2004-04-16 3:45
First of all, it´s funny... ;)
Great colors and angle to capture this moment.
It´s a diferent culture, and you share it with us.
ChrisJ (114585) 2004-04-17 19:32
Good use of diagonals & an interesting social commentary on local culture.
- Copyright: Dan Leung (Kenny10pin) (19301)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-04-15
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Sony DSC F828 Cybershot, CF Hitatchi 6GB, Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Takayama Spring Festival 2004 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-04-15 10:32