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    Last week I returned to Nagasaki for another 1.5 year stint as a visiting professor. Which also means walking around with a camera in hand.

    This weekend is the Nagasaki Kunchi festival, a fall harvest festival that dates back to the 1600s. It might also have had an origin in countering the increasing dominance of Christianity in Nagasaki, and a way of challenging them to expose themselves. But now it is just good, clean fun. Each year six neighborhoods (machi) of Nagasaki perform, and neighborhoods rotate each year. Sort of like Mardi Gras, in that it is a social club for neighborhoods to prepare for the festival and show pride.

    I like to stand in the street at the entrance to the Suwa temple performance site, watching the performers come and go, much more fun than sitting in the venue.











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    I don't enjoy "street photography", but since they are performers, I don't feel so uncomfortable.





    Nagasaki embraces its Dutch influence, and this sometimes is reflected in the Kunchi performances:







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    Although I don't enjoy street photography, I love to take photos of other people posing for photos:











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    How impeccably clean that street is.
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    Every performance group has one of these things, although I do not know what it is. It appears to be a feat of strength, as a single person supports it via a vertical pole, and dances back and forth, in circles, and lunges ending in an abrupt stop. This photo was at 7 am, heading to the group photo below:











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    Fantastic photos, Tom. As usual. Looking forward to seeing many more during your stay.

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    Each group also includes a heavy wooden boat, on iron wheels, that they also spin and dance. Children sit in the boat with drums, and a young boy in samurai warrior armor sits in front on the second level:








    Three generations of Nagasaki:





    This photo looks 60 years old, but it is from this morning, 7 am:


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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    Fantastic photos, Tom. As usual. Looking forward to seeing many more during your stay.
    Thanks Steve! That's all for today, hopefully some more tomorrow.
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    Great photos....looking forward to more.
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    Beautiful photos ....as ever !
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    Piano accordions - and bowler hats - who knew?
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    Thank you, Sir!
    You are much better at travel/photography than you are at evolution and all that other science crap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    Piano accordions - and bowler hats - who knew?
    Very nearly closed the circle. #
    Great photos Twodot. Many thanks.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Excellent, Thank you!

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    As always terrific photographs!

    By some coincidence the print on their pants:

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    Some more photos of the Kunchi festival.









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    The man in mustard yellow gave these kids a pep talk, just before they went on stage, and then fist-bumped each one of them. Obama lives on.

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    Young samurai general, getting preened by his mother and cooled down with a fan by his father, before taking his place at the bow of the boat:





    In the first photo you can see the heavy iron wheel of the boat.
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    Last of the Kunchi festival photos:





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    Magnificent. I really enjoyed Nagasaki. For my money the two most photogenic cities I've visited in Japan are Nagasaki and Kanazawa

    By all means, continue. Please.

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    Thanks, Tom.

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    I walk through a Shinto shrine on my way to and from, and yesterday there was some ceremony for children, most likely associated with the Kunchi festival. Photos below. On November 15th there is a big Shinto right-of-passage ceremony for 3, 5, and 7 year old children, at the end of which they can legally buy cigarettes, or something like that.








    The girl in the middle below is flashing the peace sign, universal in posed photos by Japanese:





    I have no idea the significance of the shell in the following photo. The shrine might be associated with a navy ship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    The shrine might be associated with a navy ship.
    Shinto has some military associations. https://www.tofugu.com/japan/state-shinto/

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Ross View Post
    Shinto has some military associations. https://www.tofugu.com/japan/state-shinto/
    I did consider that the children might all be clones, and yesterday was their first day above ground. But, since I posted the photos I found out that, rather, they had just taken part in a procession, the taking of the kami spirits, in a mikoshi, divine palanquins, to the Suwa shrine. I missed the procession, but I took photos of the arrival of the kami. I will post tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    Last week I returned to Nagasaki for another 1.5 year stint as a visiting professor. Which also means walking around with a camera in hand.

    This weekend is the Nagasaki Kunchi festival, a fall harvest festival that dates back to the 1600s. It might also have had an origin in countering the increasing dominance of Christianity in Nagasaki, and a way of challenging them to expose themselves...
    Interesting photos, thank you.

    As for Christianity shipped overseas to Nagasaki and Hiroshima.... it dates back to the 1500s and 1600s ..... the Portuguese who discovered the sea route to Asia.....and the Jesuits who came in their wake

    A Japanese friend of mine, hailing from a traditional family in Tokyo, just dismissed this whole episode as a non-event; asked if she had ever heard of a novel and TV series that went by the name of Shogun......???

    This same phenomenon is currently gaining momentum in Goa, India´s tiniest state, located on India´s Western Coast, where the Portuguese had set up their Administrative Capital for the African and Asian colonies.

    The reason for this sudden revival relate principally to vote-bank politics, with the incumbent politicians gaining a great deal of clout with the idea of a Hindu nation (never in the past, would any Indian PM refer to India as 'Hindustan') :

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-...LVJI6FsNM.html

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    ^ I found this to be a good read: https://www.amazon.com/Samurai-Willi.../dp/0142003786
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    The guest house where I am staying is a few blocks from the area where this interesting fellow stayed:



    From Wikipedia:

    In 1848, he convinced the captain of the Plymouth to set him to sea on a small boat off the coast of Hokkaidō. On July 1, he came ashore on Rishiri Island where he pretended he had been shipwrecked. He was caught by Ainu people, who remitted him to the daimyō of Matsumae clan. He was then sent to Nagasaki, the only port allowed to conduct limited trade with the Dutch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    ...since I posted the photos of the children above I found out that, rather, they had just taken part in a procession, the taking of the kami spirits, in a mikoshi, divine palanquins, to the Suwa shrine. I missed the procession, but I took photos of the arrival of the kami. I will post tomorrow.
    From "A Popular Dictionary of Shinto":
    "Kunchi...rites include a rapid procession of three mikoshi which are carried by teams of about 50 men down a flight of 73 steps from the Suwa jinja to the torii below then paraded around the town, occasionally being thrown up and caught."

    The children were a part of that procession, probably at the end and not rapidly. They did not run up the 200+ steps to the topmost shrine of Suwa, as the men did. The jaunt around town and run up the stairs explains why the men were exhausted, and celebrating like they had just won the football championship game. I only saw, and took photos, of their arrival at the top of Suwa shrine:








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    I think that the ubiquitous men in the bowler hats are community leaders in the various neighborhoods (machi) participating in this year's Kunchi. They preceded the kami runners up the 200+ stairs, climbing at a dignified elderly pace, and many were quite knackered at the top.

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    Thank you TwoDot, wonderful photos !
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    It might be difficult to take new photos this time around in Nagasaki. For example, this mailbox I passed by two years ago, and now every day this visit:



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    The highest form of bonsai art is, of course, moss:




    Actually, the word bonsai refers to the container, not the size of the plant.
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    Some thumpers just look right:




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    Wow! Entrancing photos.

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