Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Higashiyama Hanatouro 2018


The Higashiyama Hanatouro is an annual event that is held in Kyoto in the spring before the cherry blossoms start to bloom.
This year the event is being held from 3/9-18 from 6pm to 9:30pm.
The covers a course that covers an area from Gion Yasaka Shrine to Kiyomizudera Temple.
The main attractions of the event include Nebuta-style lantern art, sidewalk lanterns, illuminated artwork, a fox-wedding parade, stage performances and various venue events that usually feature light shows and artwork (you have to pay a fee to enter these venues).
This photo journal features images of the attractions along the free route (the temple venues cost 300 yen or more):

Chochin (提灯) lanterns swinging in the swing.

Kagura-den, the dance stage, of Gion Yaska shrine.

Plum blossoms. The roof cap in the background has the family crest of the Oda clan, a five petal flower inside of five petal mokko mon.

One of the three goddesses of the sea.

Three goddesses of the sea.

A nine-tailed fox.

Dog king: "bring me the heads of my dog enemies!"

[Benzaiten] Playing a musical instrument (koto?)

Jizou,  holding his staff and a houju.

A horse lamp.

Samurai lantern.

Lights turning on as the sun begins to set.

Lanterns around the pond in Maruyama Park.

Lanterns in Maruyama Park.

Floral art displays.

Floral art with boat stern displays.

Photo using a snow-cross filter.

The nine-tailed fox.
A snow-cross filter gives the sparkle effect to the light inside the sword.

Street lanterns around Maruyama Park.

The woman in the center has an otherworldly appearance because she is walking into a well lit area without casting a noticeable shadow in contrast to the other people who are facing away from the camera while being clearly on one side of the light sources.

Art lighting along the street.

Painted bamboo set on glass over a box containing lights.

Charcoal on strings.

Some of the pieces of charcoal have words painted on them.
Using a polarization filter, you can limit some of pieces of charcoal that are reflecting light.

Adjusting the brightness setting for this street shot.

A jizou statue.

Lanterns lighting up the inu-yarai, the bamboo building skirts that are typical to this Kyoto architecture.

Nene Street which leads to Kodaiji Temple.
Nene was the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and a supporter of Kodaiji Temple.

You can draw anything you like for these lanterns.
Pop Team Epic.

Different types of lanterns.

A gift shop with internal lights illuminating the inu-yarai.

Old and new towers of Kyoto.

The lanterns form the kanji for "higashi" (東) in the Higashiyama area.

Shops with traditional architecture along the Kiyomizu-saka neighborhood.

Plum blossoms in front of Kiyomuzu-dera Temple.


Street lanterns near Kiyomizudera.

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