14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Welcome a Parade
Zuiki (Taro Stalk) festival is held in Kyoto on October 1-5 every year to celebrate a good harvest of grain. The name of it's festival comes from the portable shrine, which is decorated with a taro stalk roof. In this festival, Shishimai (lion dance), 八乙女 (Yaotome) and 神輿 (Portable Shrine) paraded the district of Kamishichiken which is the oldest Geisha area in Kyoto. This photograph is the moment when Geisha came out of the ocha-ya (teahouse) to welcome the parade. That was a very gorgeous moment.
© Hidetoshi Ogata.
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||Oct. 9, 2016, 3:56 a.m.