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Tenjin Matsuri by Tim-Wilko Tenjin Matsuri by Tim-Wilko
Tenjin matsuri, Osaka, Japan.

Tenjin festival is one of the three great festivals in Japan and has a history stretching back over 1000 years. I was lucky enough to get a sweatband that allowed entry to the Tenman-gu shrine while this part of the festival was taking place.

In the middle of the photo is a float carrying a huge taiko drum. The guys with the red hats are the drummers. The float is carried around the shrine and tipped violently from side to side. When the people carrying it get tired, they drop it. The whole thing is pretty dangerous and was difficult to take photos of as people were running and pushing all over the place. Fun though!
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UlitmaSephiroth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
wow! what does Tenjin Matsuri celebrate?
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Tim-Wilko Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011   Photographer
This probably explains it better than I can: [link]

Most people probably don't think too much about the origins though and just see it as a good reason to go out and have fun.
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UlitmaSephiroth Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
so it celebrates art and learning. hmm wow.
No kidding a festival that big has gotta be pretty awesome despite its religious ties
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LunaFeles Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011   Photographer
Featured your photo here: [link]
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BabakoSen Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, those giant red happy meal boxes are hats?
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Tim-Wilko Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011   Photographer
I guess anything can be a hat if you wear it on your head right?
Unless it's a bandana... or a headband... oh forget it!

Anyway, I think they are shaped like bags to collect donations for the shrine, but I have imagined that.
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amber-lady Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Every time i read about tradition festivals of Japan, I can't imagine it's the same Earth i live on.
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dragonaki Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cool !!!
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