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“Paper craft art installation by a genius of the name of Wataru Itou (伊藤航), a young student of a major art university here in Tokyo. The installation is hand made over four years of hard work, complete with electrical lights and a moving train, all made of paper”…  Text and image via Tokyobling

Image 2: Young Kagura Dancer at Kitazawa Hachimangu.  At the annual Kitazawa Hachimangu festival last month I saw these great looking dancers performing at the shrine stage, the kagura. I do not know the names of the styles they represent, but it is all part of the traditional Nihon Buyo. Some of them are comical, others are serious or mythical.  October, 2014, Japan.  Text and photo by tokyobling

Set B. Participant of the Teruhime Matsuri Parade, Japan.  This parade involves re-enactments of three historic nobles and their entourage. The nobles in question were the prominent members of the Toshima Clan, which has given their name to Toshima Ward, Toshima Station and many other places in Tokyo. Their historic castle used to be located in this very park. The clan was most powerful from the 12th century to about 1470 when they were ousted by a rival clan, the Uesugi.  Text and image by Tokyobling

Image 3: Kagura Dancer at Kitazawa Hachimangu.  At the annual Kitazawa Hachimangu festival last month I saw these great looking dancers performing at the shrine stage, the kagura. I do not know the names of the styles they represent, but it is all part of the traditional Nihon Buyo. Some of them are comical, others are serious or mythical.  October 2014, Japan. Text and photo by tokyobling

Tokyo summers mean you get to see the most fabulous variety of yukata dresses you could ever imagine. I snapped some photos of the beauties around Harajuku and Omotesando.”  Sept, 2012.  Text and photography by Tokyobling

“If you are in Tokyo until December 28th I can really recommend going to see the absolutely stunning Japanese garden and laser light show at Hotel Chinzanso in Tokyo’s Bunkyo ward. From 1800 to 2230 it runs for 10 minutes every half hour and there’s no charge to seeing it or entering one of the best traditional gardens in Tokyo.”  Text and photography by tokyobling

Students from the Otsuma Women’s University (大妻女子大学) doing a great job with an omikoshi (a portable shrine used in shinto religious festivals all over Japan) at the massive Yasukuni shrine, the Mitama festival.   Photography and text by Tokyobling

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Kitazawa Hachimangu Matsuri – First Day.  Tokyo, Japan.  There were many visitors dressed in Yukata, the traditional summer dress here in Japan, and one of them even had the cutest uchiwa I have ever seen, like a little cat.  Text and Photography by Tokyobling

Image 1: Kagura Dancer at Kitazawa Hachimangu.  At the annual Kitazawa Hachimangu festival last month I saw these great looking dancers performing at the shrine stage, the kagura. I do not know the names of the styles they represent, but it is all part of the traditional Nihon Buyo. Some of them are comical, others are serious or mythical.  October, 2014, Japan.  Text and photo by tokyobling

At last year’s Kitazawa Hachimangu Matsuri (festival) in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward I saw one of the most ancient forms of ritual court dances, the Kochonomai, or butterfly dance. It probably arrived to Japan from Korea in the 8th century and has been completely unaltered ever since. The dance is performed by four or eight maidens (which in modern days usually means children) with colorful costumes performing a ritual dance symbolizing the seasons. In their hands they hold branches of the Yamabuki (Kerria japonica), a rose relative that is native to Japan, Korea and China.  Photography and text by tokyobling  Aug 8, 2014