Today is a day of the first day of work in many companies. I have heard that the New Year holidays of this year were longer than the ordinary year, and were for nine days. In a Japanese company, many office workers go to a shrine or a temple to visit to pray as a custom at the first day of work of a company. It originates in praying for continuation and prosperity of their company to God. Here is a shrine called Kanda-myōjin in Tokyo Chiyoda-ku. There is deified Daikokusama, Ebisusama and Masakado Taira in this shrine. Generally, it is known by people as a shrine which protects Edo (Tokyo). Probably, the reason with many salaried worker to the worshipper who comes to this shrine originates that Ebisusama is God of prosperity in business. I visited this shrine before noon in order to take a photograph, but from the main street in front of a shrine, many people made the sequence and I also had stood in a line on that day. Since people almost wore the suit, I understood to be a corporate-related worshipper. Although I stood in a line to the middle, I removed the sequence on the way, and concentrated on taking a photograph since the purpose also differed from them. It seems that they put change into an offertory box, pray in front of a main shrine in order, and returned to the company of affiliation at a brisk pace. Among worshippers, although the woman also saw, those who wear the kimono unlike ancient times did not see. Probably, this is also a change of a time. Anyway, the present age is surrounded by the society and technical environment which changes quickly, and a different religion and social system. And, the corporate warrior has entered the severe time when individual capabilities are required more than former.
1. Worshippers (macro) in shrine: workshops
2. Worshippers in front of Ema (Shinto): workshops
Daikokusama puts God unique to Japan which carried out harmonization of Shinto and Buddhism to the major nation Lord of Shintoism in many cases. It is collecting respects as God who gives happiness, perfection, and matchmaking.
Ebisusama is God of Japan and is the only god of good luck of Japanese ancient times as Seven Lucky Gods' member now. A bumper crop, prosperity in business, and the safety of the family are wished.
5. Ema (Shinto)
Ema are small wooden plaques on which Shinto worshippers write their prayers or wishes.
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BennyV (17064) 2014-01-06 8:51
Very strong piece of work, Mikio. Great capture of the crowd, but with some strong individual faces in it. Good light on the faces in the front too.
The mouth mask and the hand gestures are other strong elements here, but my favourite is two women: the one in the corner below and the one roughly at 3/5 below in the 2nd/3rd row. Both seem to be distracted and look away, which makes a great contrast with the intenisity of the two male colleagues up front.
mrichat (1755) 2014-01-06 8:53
I do like the thought of this photo and with the summarized note of the feeling.This is something different in taste,probably posted first time in TE.
A NEW MESSEGE FOR THIS SITE MEMBER ABOUT THE PRESENT CONDITION.
Hope you are doing well. Happy new year,Take Care.
pajaran (60563) 2014-01-06 9:03
Interesantan i dobar tekst o mesti u trenutku ...
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici, lepo pokazano mesto i ceremonija.
Dobra trenutak snimka i perspektiva, lep trenutak.
Sa tvojih fotografija upoznajemo tradiciju Japana.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.
An interesting and good text information at the moment ...
Good work with beautiful photographs of the workshop demonstrated good place and ceremonies.
Good moment and perspective, beautiful moment.
With your photos meet the tradition of Japan.
All the best in the new week that started, good luck.
mcmtanyel (22532) 2014-01-06 9:21
What a splendid photo of the sea of people at a temple. I did not realize eastern religions had deities, I thought they were more like philosophies of life. A marvelous photo made up of irregular patterns of the sea of people, framed very well with the far wall. The two red columns serve as a good focal point.
siudzi (34141) 2014-01-06 9:59
Outstanding shot this taken with a perfect sense of the moment! You were with your camera at the right place to photograph the crowd so perfectly. Superb and unique work. Like it a lot! TFS.
worldcitizen (8646) 2014-01-06 14:33
That's a lot of people! But I know that things are orderly in Japan, so they don't have to worry about pushing or injuries. Nobody seems to notice as you tun the camera towards them and take photos. Nice depth, showing the crowd of people as they disappear through the gate in the distance. Thanks for sharing this custom, and a Happy New Year to you! :-)
fabbs99 (17167) 2014-01-06 18:21
Excellent presentation of the people praying on New Year's.I love the expressions on the faces of the people sitting out there.Very well done,TFS.
abmdsudi (54041) 2014-01-06 19:43
Thks to your narratives, obviously the view point works in terms of aesthetics but it's also nice in the way that the focus is on the sea of people - a formal street scene- and the different facial expressions are fascinating with few are looking at the camera. Full of life's rich variety and lots to look at here, most of humanity it appears enjoying the low morning sun light, lots of detail and colour. Credit to your competent backed-lighting control and touches of halos on their heads are real wonderful igniting the whole picture really well, and your determination in making is applauded based on the lens and focal length, you are quiet close. Well done.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-01-06 20:44
Hello Mikio - A fascinating piece of traditional Japanese culture and three excellent shots to accompany your note. I love the third shot which is very closely cropped as the girl with the pink scarf stand out against the more conservative dress of the other people. Having said that I think the main post has a narrative which works excellently with your note. A pleasure to see and very much in keeping with the ethos of TE.... I have learned something new!
Happy New Year Rosemary
holmertz (52638) 2014-01-07 2:28
This is an interesting contribution to TE giving us a good insight in an aspect of Japanese culture. I can't imagine a scene like this anywhere in Europe. It's an impressive sea of heads. You have added an interesting note and two fine workshops.
ikeharel (71321) 2014-01-07 7:34
A great gathering of many people, Mikio, impossible to count but most impressive pic. from the POV taken.
I looked at the faces, with their expressions - some are deep in thoughts and some are concerned.
Nice taken, and well applied.
saxo042 (37880) 2014-01-08 0:57
A very interesting note to accompany this "mass portrait". All faces are clear and one can read the expressions of everyone here. The red parts add fine colour accents. Also very good complementary pictures.
danos (97765) 2014-01-08 1:13
very nice this excellent reportage tight shot from the first day of work of all these office workers.I like the beautiful event as is unknown in Greece and in Europe too.I like the WS as complete perfect the whole presentation.
photoray (13981) 2014-01-08 6:48
Interesting candid of the huge collection of worshipers, shoulder to shoulder and obviously dedicated to the event.
In SoCal we are more frivolous, with many lining the Rose Parade route of 5 miles to view the flower floats, marching bands, and equestrian experts. And millions more viewing the Rose Parade on tv.
macjake (67706) 2014-01-09 5:58
wonderful cultural photo!!
strange to see the 'workers' praying at the shrine for prosperity of the company :)
very interesting scene you have captured, thanks so much for sharing this new insight into the Japanese culture.
mirosu (16227) 2014-01-29 1:54
This is a fabulous photo. You have captured huge group of prayers from excellent higher viewpoint. The clarity and focus is very good. All nicely arranged in tight cropped frame.
- Copyright: mikio kato (kato) (11630)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-01-06
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax K10 D, Pentax DA 50-200 f4-5.6 ED
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-06 8:13