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2009年12月16日 (水)

Real Feeling from autumn to winter in Japan

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Ominugui_2 Dec 15, 2009

Monks use five-meter-long dusters to clean Buddha statues during the "Omi-nugui" year-end cleanup ritual at Toshodai-ji Temple in Nara on Tuesday, Dec. 15. A total of nine statues, including the national treasure Rushana Buddha, were cleaned up for the first time in the past 10 years due to restoration work on the temple's main hall, which was finally completed last month. (Mainichi) 唐招提寺お身拭い・奈良

GishimatsuriDec14, 2009

Forty-seven men dressed as samurai from the Revenge of the 47 Ronin - a tale of a group of samurai who assassinated court official Kozukenosuke Kira in 1702 to avenge their feudal lord's death -- march in the heavy snow during the 54th "Gishi Matsuri" festival at Kitasengaku-ji temple in Sunagawa, Hokkaido, on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. The grounds of Kitasengaku-ji temple are the gravesite for the 47 samurai. The new gravesite was built in 1955 using soil from their original graves at Sengaku-ji temple in Tokyo. (Mainichi) 義士祭り・北海道砂川

Kanji_shin_3 Dec 11, 2009

A priest writes "Shin" (meaning "new"), the kanji character of the year, on a large piece of paper at the Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto's Higashi-yama Ward on Dec. 11, 2009. Of a total of 161,365 suggestions sent to the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation this year, 14,093, or 8.73 percent recommended the selected character, as the year 2009 saw various changes both in and outside the country, including the changes in Japanese government; Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th U.S. president, and Major Leaguer Ichiro's new record for hits. (Mainichi) 今年の漢字・京都清水寺

Wooden_plaque_ema Dec 10, 2009

Wooden plaques with a picture of a tiger, next year's Chinese zodiac sign, and sacred arrows are on display at Yushima Tenmangu shrine in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, where Michizane Sugawara (845-903) -- a scholar, poet and politician of the Heian Period -- is enshrined as the god of academic achievements. About 400,000 worshippers visit the shrine during the first three days of the New Year, including those taking entrance exams and an increasing number of those praying for success in finding work, according to the shrine. A total of some 67,000 plaques and arrows will be prepared before Jan. 1 next year. (Mainichi) 来年の絵馬・東京湯島天満宮

Bonfire_festival_2 Dec 8, 2009

The winter night sky is ablaze with flames during a bonfire festival at Yutoku-inari Shrine in the Saga Prefecture city of Kashima on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The Shinto ritual started over 300 years ago to give thanks to the gods for a good harvest. It is also believed that the fire will purify the bodies and souls of visitors and heal any diseases. (Mainichi) 祐徳稲荷お火たき・佐賀県鹿島市

Persimmon Dec 6, 2009

Japanese persimmons are dried in the sun in the front yard of a farm in Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture, as the season reaches its peak. The local dried persimmons are made by hanging peeled "Koshu hyakume" persimmons in the sun for around three weeks after sulfur fumigation and drying them again on straw mats in the sun for about 10 days. Rubbing persimmons in the middle of the production process makes them sweeter, according to the farmer. (Mainichi) 甲州百匁干し柿・山梨県

Tiger Dec 5, 2009

Papier-mache tiger figurines are made at Imai Daruma Honpo, a craft manufacturer in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture. Next year's Chinese zodiac sign is the Tiger. The figurines, believed to bring good luck in business, are priced from 1,500 yen. (Mainichi) 張子の虎・群馬県高崎市

Luminarie Dec 3, 2009

Spectators gather under a 130-meter-long and 19-meter-high structure at the "15th Kobe Luminarie" illumination event in Kobe's Chuo Ward, on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009. The event, which is held annually to remember the victims of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake and to hope for a full recovery of the city, will continue until Dec. 14. (Mainichi) ルミナリエ・神戸

10ton_floats Dec 3, 2009

Massive 10-ton floats are pictured during the Chichibu Night Festival in the Saitama Prefecture city of Chichibu, Dec. 3, 2009. The annual festival of the Chichibu Shrine with a history of more than 300 years, attracted a large number of visitors, despite having its first rain in 11 years. (Mainichi) 秩父夜祭り山車・埼玉県秩父市

Kabuki_2 Nov 25, 2009

A number of wooden boards, with the names of kabuki actors set to perform in the upcoming "Kichirei Kaomise Kogyo" show (Nov. 30-Dec. 26) written on them, are set up at the entrance of the Minami-za kabuki theater in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009. Some 60 name boards measuring 180 centimeters in length and 30 centimeters in width, including those of Tojuro Sakata - a designated Living National Treasure - and Kikugoro Onoe, were put on display on Wednesday with the organizer's wishes for the success of the show, as a crowd of ardent fans looked on. (Mainichi) 吉例顔見世まねき・京都南座

Lucky_rake Nov 24, 2009

A vender holding a decorated lucky rake yells out to attract worshippers at Tori no Ichi fair at Ohtori Shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday, Nov.24, 2009, the day of the Tori, or Rooster, in the Chinese calendar. Hundreds of thousands of people thronged to the shrine to purchase rake-shaped ornaments in hope of raking up good health, good fortune and good business. (AP) 大鳥神社酉の市・東京目黒

Maple_trees Nov 23, 2009

Visitors stroll amongst the maple trees at Nijinosato theme park in Shuzenji, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Nov. 23, 2009. Around 2,000 maple and cypress trees in their autumn foliage will be lit up every night until Nov 29. (Mainichi) 修善寺紅葉・静岡県伊豆市

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