July 27, 2008

Hyakannon Kentoue

This relatively quiet festival takes place on the last Sunday in July each year and it is the only time of year you can walk around the garden of deities in front of this temple in Nakano-ku. I enjoyed last year's event and so decided to come again this year. Plus, having bought a new camera since the last event, I was hoping to get some better shots of the statues. Sadly, the light wasn't particularly great as there were some very dark clouds looming and thunder in the distance, so the results weren't as good as I was hoping for.

As in previous years, there was a Indonesian-style gamelan performance, with both music and dance. Apparently the group have been performing at this event for over twenty years. Part way through their first set, it started to rain a bit, though it wasn't heavy enough to ruin the event.

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