As photographers, I think we have all been in a situation like this and it’s very easy to follow the crowd! By turning the camera around towards the group of photographers, Patosan has made a lovely and gently humorous image. I love the concentration on everyone’s face!
Expert review by Mark Mercer From Contest “Crowds” on Photocrowd
We went to visit the Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine near Kyoto, which is famous for protection from evil and cherry blossom viewing. We were surprised to find out that a large martial art demonstration was taking place, with a lot of people from different swordsmanship schools.
Taken place on January 4th, the Shin Aisatsu (新挨拶) or New Year’s Greeting of the Kamishichiken Hanamachi (Geisha District) is the first “event” of the year around Kyoto’s Kagai (another word for the so-called “flower town” or geisha world of Kyoto).
Many weddings in Japan imply a ceremony at a Shinto shrine. The whole affair is a rather formal and traditional one and includes a religious ceremony inside the actual building of the shrine, very often a little procession with the priest and attendants, and of course a photo session with the whole family.
Obon (お盆) is the Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. This Buddhist custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to their family places and visit and clean their ancestors’ graves. During this time, the ancestor’s spirits are supposed to revisit the household altars.