Shijo dori, packed with festival goers, seen from the Nishi-romon Gate of Yasaka shrine (八坂神社) during the Yoi-Yoiyama event of Gion Matsuri (2014) in Kyoto.
Honden (本殿) of the Yasaka shrine (八坂神社) during the Yoi-Yoiyama event of Gion Matsuri (2014) in Kyoto.
Lighting Strikes - Azuma Nishiki Chuya Kurabe
Osaka Maiko wearing a Tenugui, 1914, Japan
Samurai War Helmet. 1825-1875, Japan. This helmet has an iron “hachi” of thirty-three riveted laminations, a “shikoro” of five plates laced in “kebiki” (spread hair) style with navy blue “ito doshi” laces, and axes as “yokodate” made from whale baleen. A Phoenix (“Ho o”) serves as a “maedate;” one tail feather is missing. It is lined with rawhide.