Ma Yüan: The Yellow River Breaches its Course
ink on silk
These South Korean artists are part of a centuries-old tradition.
秋 – Fall
So finally fall arrived in Kyoto. And, as it happens throughout Japan during November, the city is slowly turning into a sea of shining red, orange and yellow leaves.
I took the above pictures on Hieizan, a famous nearby mountain of Kyoto, where the leaves have already turned into shining and strong colors.
So today’s ato-matsuri’s parade took place with the ten fleets that had not taken part in the parade of saki-matsuri. Although all the fleets were nice to look at, the star was, of course, the rebuilt Ōfune-hoko, taking part for the first time in 150 years.
大船鉾 – Ōfune-hoko
This year, for the first time in 150 years, Ōfune-hoko will take part in Gion Festival again. First built in 1422, it was lost in 1864 in a fire, with only some of the treasures one can see on the float being saved. The float itself, i.e. its frame and wheels, was destroyed completely. In 2014, the restoration works were finished at a total cost of 120 million Yen.
Ōfune-hoko can be seen during this year’s ato-matsuri parade tomorrow, July 24th, where it will be the very last float.
The Ameya by Robert Frederick Blum, 1893
Japanese horse back archery, Yabusame 流鏑馬. At the budo, or martial arts, tournament and exhibition at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine. via Tokyobling.
The Kamakura Yabusame festival is probably Japan’s most impressive demonstration of horse back Japanese archery.
It takes place every year mid April in the Kamakura Hachiman shrine.
I was lucky enough to locate some good ventage point amidst the huge crowd.