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Hanagasa Matsuri / Sam Ryan
The Hanagasa Matsuri (festival) is often translated as the `flower hat` festival, however the characters
are actually the ones for flower and umbrella/parasol. Whatever the correct translation may be, flower
is the theme and is present on hats, parasols, floats and people.
Being part of the Gion Matsuri in Kyoto that runs for a month through July, the Hanagasa parade
or Hanagasa Junko Matsuri held on the 24th is the second largest public event after the Yamaboko
The main event is the parade that travels from and returns to Yasaka Shrine that normally involves
an average of 10,000 participants and many more spectators lining the roads along the route, but like
magic this draws attention away from what is undeniably the more interesting proceeding of the day.
The festival unfortunately for some seems to have only a limited amount of information in circulation
for those wanting a `closer` look at the festival.
Attended by a small herd of older Japanese gentlemen and a handful of foreigners, camera in hard,
closely guarding what they believe to be one of the secret back doors into the `real Japan`, parade
preparations start a little after nine in the morning in the alleyway to the northern-most side of, but
still within, the Yasaka Shrine grounds.
Floats, that were decorated the previous day, will be drawn out and other preparations made for
the arrival of the passengers, passengers that are the reason why this small alley has gained an
atmosphere of expectation, index fingers ready to capture Maiko and Geiko who will attend up close.
It is still possible to view the main parade shoulder to shoulder with everyone else, but you will
want to return to Yasaka Shrine before long to reserve a good spot for the dances and performances
that begin in the afternoon.
The following two photo`s are of Maiko and Geiko in the Alley in the morning and during the performance
in the afternoon.
For the morning I found it best just to use a fast 50mm portrait lens, however a quality telephoto lens
like a 70-200 would be best suited to the afternoon performances on a full-frame body due to there
been a varying distance of about 2-7 meters between yourself and the performance if you can find a good
vantage point in or near the front.
The afternoon performance will still attract more crowds than other photo opportunities in the morning,
but still nothing like some other big festivals around Japan.
More photo`s of the Hanagasa Festival can be seen @ 500px.com/samryan
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