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Japan Cherry Blossom 2008

Japan (English)Posted by anker Thursday, August 07 2008 20:44:01

My travel to Japan in April 2008 went from south (Shikoku) to to the central part as Kamakura and Izu and further north of Tokyo with Nikko and Aizu-Wakamatsu. It gave the possibility to follow the cherry blossoms front and see some festivals.

Here is pictures from the Yayoi festival in Nikko in the Futurasan shinto shrine with a number of portable shrines, that is moved around. Here the parishioners is sitting in front of their shrines. Behind the shrines is food and sake.

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Here is more photos from the Nikko festival and from the temples in Nikko.

This is from the Kamakura festival in Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shinto shrine. A group of persons from a lokal shrine is carrying a mikoshi. In this case is it from Egare Tenjin shrine. I visited that shrine later and saw the mikoshi return to the shrine. You can find pictures also from there.

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Here is photos from the Kamakura festival.

At Matsuyama castle was a doll festival with dolls placed in the cherry trees. It was fine weather and many visitors.

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Here is more photos from Matsuyama castle and the doll festival.

Rain is not a problem if you will see the cherry blossoms. Here from Tsuruga castle in Aizu-Wakamatsu.

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Here is more photos from Tsuruga castle in rain and sun.

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