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Hatsumode 2015 – Yasukuni Shrine

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on January 20, 2015

This year’s New Years was spent at Yasukuni Shrine in central Tokyo. We were ushering in the year of the Sheep according to the zodiac, in addition to the wester year 2015 or the 27th Year of the reign of Emperor Heisei or the year 2675 according to the old Japanese Imperial reckoning. As usual there was plenty of people, lost of food stands and as always the different scout groups stood at attention around the fires. Hatsumode is the traditional first visit to a shrine in the new year and most people perform it within a few days of January first, if not at midnight itself!

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More Hagoita Market – Sensoji

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on December 23, 2014

My visit last Friday on the last half hour of the last day of this years Hagoita market gave me a few more photos I would like to share. These hagoita they sell are just so lovely, and all hand assembled (so no two should be perfectly identical) by different traditional merchants. Some day I would like to live in such a way that having one of these on my home shrine would be completely natural.

Sensoji temple is one of (if not the most) most popular tourists attractions in Japan and as such it is constantly crowded with huge crowds of people. I actually prefer to visit late, as late as possible to see the gorgeously lit up temple grounds with fewer people to distract me. On this cold December evening it was around nine in the evening but still plenty of people around!

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Hagoita Market – Sensoji Temple

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on December 22, 2014

Last week saw the three day annual Hagoita Market at Tokyo’s famous Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. I was late this year, only arriving at the last half hour of the last of the three days, very few people and a lot of the items already gone, a little bit different from the last time I visited back in 2012. The Hagoita a flat “rackets” or boards used to play a traditional game during the New Year’s season. Over time the haogita rackets got more and more decorated and these days you can see some giant ones absolutely not suitable for playing with. There are also a few stands selling the more traditional flat and simple boards along with the feathered balls that go with them. Although too late for this year, if you are in Tokyo in December next year pleas go have a look! More photos to come!

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The Hammered Live at Design Festa 40

Posted in People, Places by tokyobling on December 10, 2014

One of the great things about the twice annual Design Festa are the many live acts you get to see for the ridiculously low entrance fee. One of my favorites from this winter’s 40th Design Festa was The Hammered, a very loud, very fast metal band, easily comparable to the best of what European metal bands has to offer. Watching metal in full daylight can challenging, even more so photographing it, but band photography is always fun regardless of the circumstances. If you are into metal, please check these guys out!

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