He wanted a photo of the new Hachimangu Dori/Wakamiya-oji sakura avenue, and I wanted a photo of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu's main building framed by a torii gate. I think mine turned out okay. I hope his did, too.
One of Japan's more unusual (to an outsider) festivals has got to be Setsubun. Every February 3rd, adults across the country don demon masks and scare the wits out of their children and grandchildren, whose job it is to drive the demons out by tossing dried beans at them (mame maki), and shouting, "Oni wa … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Setsubun at Hachiman