This photograph is taken in the precincts of a Shinto shrine in Yushima Tenman-gū of Ueno, Tokyo. This is a shrine which has deified Michizane Sugawara who is God of learning. If it becomes near the taking-an-examination season, the prep student of many junior high school students or a high school student will come here, and they will pray for success. It was accompanied to the teacher of leading by the junior high school student's group, and they was coming to the shrine. In the shrine office, they were praying to God by buying a sacred oracle or a votive picture(ema), and fastening to the trees of the precincts of a temple. The taking-an-examination season in Japan is from January in February. And, Charms other than success prayer, such as prosperity in business, traffic safety, healthy prayer, and household harmony, are sold at the shrine office.
The junior high school students who gather in front of the tree which bundles a sacred oracle: Workshops
Critiques | Translate
holmertz (36453) 2012-12-08 8:22
A simple but charming photo of the two girl students preparing to pray for a good life. They are positioned well for the photo with their votive pictures and their colourful bags. The green sign with the many pictures is an interesting detail.
jhm (134518) 2012-12-09 2:29
A nice daily life picture with these two school girls look to their money.
Sharpness and clarity are excellent, together also pleasant colors.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
abmdsudi (38878) 2012-12-10 10:05
Great reportage shot of some great tradition and super write up!! An intriguing image with the students as main interests who have come to this shine to pay respect and great that you also have included the Ema in the background as the written wishes are visible clearly. This image looks like that they have witten their wishes and then leave them in the hope of their wishes coming true and passing their exams. Fascinating details and excellent shot. Congrats
Fine WS imgae too.
fabbs99 (15677) 2012-12-10 19:55
Never knew it happens in Japan also ; students going to shrines to pray for success in exams.Great shot with the girls making sure that nothing goes wrong this time and they come out with flying colors.Another superb picture of yours. This is a great picture. The sharpness and light are perfect.Well done.TFS.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-12-13 12:59
These young students seem strictly dressed, appear to be very serious. The picture of daily life is interesting, the quality is very good. Bravo.
Have a nice day
- Copyright: mikio kato (kato) (11630)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-12-06
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax K10 D, Pentax DA 50-200 f4-5.6 ED
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-12-08 7:13