Traditional Japan

Traditional Japan

Sumo wrestlers practice at dojo prior to Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament

Sumo wrestlers practice at dojo prior to Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament

(All photos by Ben Weller/AFLO) Sumo wrestlers practice at a training dojo in Chikusa Ward, Nagoya on July 4. The 2018 Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament will take place from July […]

Traditional Japan

Sanja Festival in Asakusa

Sanja Festival in Asakusa

(Photo by Richard Atrero de Guzman/AFLO) Sanja Festival, one of the three great Shinto festivals in Tokyo, took place in Asakusa from May 18-20. A boisterous traditional mikoshi (portable shrine) […]

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Wakamiya Hachiman-sha Shrine festival in Nagoya

Wakamiya Hachiman-sha Shrine festival in Nagoya

(All photos by Ben Weller/AFLO) Wakamiya Hachiman-sha Shrine annual festival took place on May 15 and 16 in Nagoya, Japan. One of the largest festivals in Nara Prefecture originated in […]

Traditional Japan

Big Doll Festival at Tomisaki Shrine in KatsuuraBig Doll Festival at Tomisaki Shrine in KatsuuraBig Doll Festival at Tomisaki Shrine in KatsuuraBig Doll Festival at Tomisaki Shrine in KatsuuraBig Doll Festival at Tomisaki Shrine in Katsuura

Big Doll Festival at Tomisaki Shrine in KatsuuraBig Doll Festival at Tomisaki Shrine in KatsuuraBig Doll Festival at Tomisaki Shrine in KatsuuraBig Doll Festival at Tomisaki Shrine in KatsuuraBig Doll Festival at Tomisaki Shrine in Katsuura

(All photos by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO) Approximately 1800 dolls decorate the 60 steps of Tomisaki Shrine in Katsuura, 50 miles southeast of Tokyo. The Pacific coastal fishing town in Chiba prefecture […]

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Fire festival at Toba Shinmeisha Shrine

Fire festival at Toba Shinmeisha Shrine

(All photos by Ben Weller/AFLO) Annual fire festival “Toba-no-Hi Matsuri” took place on February 11 at Toba Shinmeisha, a Shinto shrine in Nishio, Japan. The festival begins with men walking […]