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Enoshima Festival – Into the Ocean

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on July 23, 2015

The end of the Enoshima Shrine festival that I have been blogging about this week, comes when the Omikoshi is carried down into the ocean by lots of nearly naked men. Usually the omikoshi is taken as deeply as possible into the ocean but on this day there was a typhoon on its way to Japan so the waves were much fiercer than usual: every couple of minutes the level of the ocean would suddenly rise a meter or so, when the waves came through, making it far too dangerous to actually take the omikoshi into deeper water. It looked like the men carrying it were having great fun though, even in the not very deep water!

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  1. nocturnaltwins said, on July 25, 2015 at 5:03 am

    Nice shot – all with one lens? I guess you really had to get your feet wet to take these pictures.

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    • tokyobling said, on July 27, 2015 at 3:13 am

      I was absolutely soaked, from feet to collar, which is nicer than it sounds considering the 35 degrees heat! (^-^) Yes, these are all with the same lens, I had prepared and brought my Widowmaker™, the Sigma (“Bigma”) 50-500mm extreme tele zoom.

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      • nocturnaltwins said, on July 29, 2015 at 2:34 am

        Wow… I was trying to figure out how you managed to change lenses with the water all around you.

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        • tokyobling said, on July 29, 2015 at 8:03 am

          Haha… I have learned the hard way that if there is any kind of water on the camera (be it rain, ocean splash, snow etc.) it is best to NOT change lenses. Most modern cameras can tolerate a bit of splashed water but if you get water inside the camera it is toast.

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