This photograph is taken in Meiji Shrine in Tokyo Harajuku. It is the great purification on June 30 on that day. Shinto priest and prayers gathered in one corner of the site of a shrine, and the ceremony was held. Great purification is based on the traditional view of the Japanese us, and it aims at exorcising impurity of one's mind and body, and other sins and faults of everything leading to a calamity so that it may be diligent in a daily life in an always clean feeling. This event made the origin "Misogi-harai" of Izanagi no Mikoto looked at by the Kojiki and Nihonshoki myth, and great purification has been performed also in the Imperial Court for many years. After medieval times, it spreads as one of the annual events in each shrine, and has become a customary type of many shrines now. From Japanese ancient times, it are performed twice per year of June 30 and December 31. The great purification in June is called the purification of "Nagoshi no harae". This is a spectacle which a ceremony finishes, and Shinto priests walk along an approach to a line, and return to a shrine office. Although I also aged, there are many traditional events in which I do not know unexpectedly.
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pajaran (50476) 2013-06-30 10:11
Vrlo interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutku ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazana ceremonija.
Very interesting article about the place and moment ...
A good moment recording, contrast, perspective, beautiful colors.
Good work, beautiful ceremony shown.
All the best.
Pietrow (304) 2013-06-30 10:29
Great picture, they are coming to me from my screen.
Kofman (2328) 2013-06-30 11:14
Très belle photo par sa compostion et par le choix du sujet. On devine leur l'humilité et la ferveur dans leur foi.
kordinator (15725) 2013-07-01 0:28
Spectacular views of the monks who came to the Eucharist.
Each religion has its own rituals.
Like perspectives and gentle colors.
Excellent reportage work of religion.
fabbs99 (16151) 2013-07-01 6:56
That seems to be a very serious march.Everybody is serious in their looks and wearing very neat dresses.Great cultural shot.Learnt something new about the Japanese people and their way of life.Fantastic and wonderful composition.TFS.
mcmtanyel (12029) 2013-07-01 12:54
Excellent composition! The perspective provided by the line of priests is very eye-catching. The repeating pattern of the robes complements the perspective.
nikkitta (14330) 2013-07-01 15:36
Interesting and informative note about this ceremony
Good capture from an interesting POV to give full view at the rows of monks that seem to be quite concentrated
adidas5nb (4943) 2013-07-01 18:31
again a great pic throwing light and giving insight into traditional japan.love the rows of priests and the diminishing focus.nicely composed.
ikeharel (55282) 2013-07-03 3:22
I tried to do same as always doing when seeing such picture: Looking on the faces expression's.
Marvelous taken as the priests marched, juxtaposition in a row, and all remained deep in thoughts.
abmdsudi (41984) 2013-07-05 10:13
You sure know a photo opportunity when you see one, the bit of popped blue in the foreground is very apt catching the eye. The crop works exceptionally nice, good use of dof guiding the eyes thru' the repeated figs smoothly receding into the far end diagonally. Above all I love the precise timing, an eyecatching human elements so well presented. Very well done, congrats.
adores (35679) 2013-07-16 16:21
I see you found a great pov to get this one! I like their concentration and the way you captured the row of priests, in diagonal. Good focus also!
- Copyright: mikio kato (kato) (11630)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-30
- Categories: Event
- Camera: Pentax K10 D, Pentax DA 50-200 f4-5.6 ED
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-30 9:32