Mitama Matsuri (Japanese Festival)

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by monk3y, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
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    Steven
    Went to one of the biggest summer festival in Tokyo held at Yasukuni Shrine just at the back of the Imperial Palace. It's a festival that is considered a tribute to the dead. Mitama - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Well indeed it was big and crowded but organized and orderly. I went there late in the afternoon already to avoid the heat. Got a few shots that I think are worthy of sharing. :smile:

    Camera used were Oly E-M5 and E-PM2
    Lenses used were Samyang 7.5mm fisheye, Oly 17mm f/1.8 and Oly 75mm f/1.8

    1. When I said crowded... it's not an overstatement :biggrin:
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    2. Apparently there are 30,000 lanterns on this shrine alone... I did not attempt to count them haha
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    3. The big lanterns, the crowd and the food stalls
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    4. The smaller lanterns
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    6.
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    7. Girls in Kimono near the smaller lanterns
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    8. one of the smaller gates
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    I might add a few more later on... Hope you guys enjoy. :biggrin:

    And oh constructive criticism is always welcome... hope to hear from many of you. :D
     
  2. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Thanks for the short learning experience & wonderful shots! :smile:
     
  3. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Dave
    I would bring a monopod for that.... to get overhead shots using a fisheye or uwa.

    great set, this is my fav -- Girls in Kimono near the smaller lanterns

    thanks for sharing.
     
  4. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    Steven
    Thanks :D

    I actually had a tripod with me, but with the crowd it never even crossed my mind to do that, I would have been able to do it since I have a wireless remote as well. I'll do that next time, thanks for the suggestion :biggrin:

    There are still a few festivals in the next month or so :biggrin:
     
  5. lakemcd

    lakemcd Mu-43 Regular

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    May 27, 2013
    Montana
    Gary
    Simply Beautiful. Subject, lighting, composition, and interest its all there. Well Done
     
  6. danimal

    danimal Mu-43 Supporter

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    Dec 31, 2012
    Oakland, California
    Dan
    Beautiful shots. Thanks for sharing. Of course you make me want to go back to Japan even worse than before I saw them!
     
  7. PhilS

    PhilS Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 24, 2012
    Brisbane, Australia
    Phil Savory
    ye gods, that's a lot of people.

    I go for #5, the smaller lanterns, I like the "wrap around " effect with the distortion and perspective.
     
  8. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    Steven
    Thanks, I would have loved to get some shots of girls in Kimono but all I got were blurry shots due to being dark and not being able to move much.

    Thanks :D With the decline of the yen, it's not that expensive to come back here now :D

    Thank you :smile:
     
  9. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    Steven
    A few more shots from the festival

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    Some grilled fish
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    More lanterns
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  10. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Wow, that's a huge crowd. I love the shots with the fisheye! :thumbup:
     
  11. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    Steven
    Thank you. Indeed it was a very big crowd and it went on for 4days too.

    Sent from my GT-N7100 using Mu-43 mobile app
     
  12. Vague

    Vague Mu-43 Regular

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    May 20, 2013
    Wow! Very nice shots, specially the kimono one.

    Keep it up!
     
  13. Mix

    Mix Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2013
    Lovely! I miss Japan... I went there in November of last year to see the fall illumination and it was such a beautiful experience. I was still a Canon user then (lugging around a bulky DSLR in Tokyo was a pain) and I felt so out of place as I saw a lot of people were using pocket and phone cameras especially in Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku. Haha.
     
  14. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    Steven
    Well yes indeed :biggrin: Why do you think I ended up with mirrorless after I came here:smile:

    You can always comeback...it's way cheaper now than before :D
     
  15. Mix

    Mix Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2013
    Haha. Yes! We're planning to go back for Sakura. I'm sure it'll be more enjoyable carrying a lighter rig!
     
  16. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    All those lanterns....