Priests lined up for Kinen-sai event at Ise Jingu Shrine, Japan: Kinen-sai is annual prayer service for a good crop.
Tsurugaoka Hachimangū (鶴岡八幡宮)
Japanese instrument, Koto 琴
“thekimonogallery: Mitama Matsuri in Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine -a performer of Nihon Buyou, or traditional Japanese dance. ”
Uguisu-bari floor (Nightingale floor) at Erin-ji temple, Yamanashi, Japan: Uguisu-bari were floors designed to make a chirping sound when walked upon. These squeaking floors were used as a security device, assuring that none could sneak through the corridors undetected in temple and shrine.
“Perhaps we are in this world to search for love, find it and lose it, again and again. With each love, we are born anew, and with each love that ends we collect a new wound. I am covered with proud scars.” Isabel Allende
"Sugitama or Sakabayashi " is a ball sculpture collected to form a ball of cedar leaves. It is hung on the eaves of the sake brewery, indicating that there is new sake. Its termed "begin to squeeze."
Танец праздника усопших О-бон \ Japanese Obon Festival Dance: photo by Takero KAWABATA