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Afternoon all. On a trip to Nikko and the Toshogu Shrine, we were lucky enough to catch a very rare glimpse of a procession of mountain priests. The guide said in all the years she had been doing the trip, she had never seen them. Many of Nikko's temples and shrines are a mix of Shinto and Buddhism. The priests are known as Yamabushi and practise on remote mountains.
In V1 and 2, they are entering a temple, presumably to pray. The priest at the front of the line is blowing a large conch shell. In V3 they have finished in the temple and are now leaving the grounds of the shrine. A very priviledged few tourists, including myself had the pleasure of witnessing their short trip to the shrine. There is something quite magical about witnessing an occurrence such as this. I wish you could have heard the sound of the conch - an eerie and mournful sort of sound.
I felt quite intrusive taking these shots, however other tourists' cameras were a-clicking too.
Thanks for C&Cs on yesterday's upload.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:10 Sep 2012 - 3:06 AM
Focal Length:110mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Yamabushi
Username:moiral moiral
Uploaded:21 Sep 2012 - 2:15 PM
Tags:Japan, Landscape / travel. Mountain priests, Nikko, Portraits / people
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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 2:37 PM

How lucky to be able to get these, Moira, a super set, and think I go for V3 as my fave Wink
Trev Smile

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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
21 Sep 2012 - 3:03 PM

Very interesting shot!

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 3:17 PM

Very interesting images, Moira, and very well captured. Carol

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 3:29 PM

Really interesting set Moira.
Carole

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
21 Sep 2012 - 3:54 PM

Nice Shinto Temple I always like these, and as you say it's not often you would see the mountain monks like that lucky indeed. I have a number of Conch shell trumpets ranging from a few cm long up to 36 cm long, some inlaid with silver and or coral and turquoise, three very nice photo's, regards Leon, om shanti om.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 4hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 4:03 PM

Excellent set of images well caught Moira
mike

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41033 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 5:40 PM

One of those rare moments of being in the right place at the right time. v1 has a lovely balance to it with te two groups split by the figure in blue.

Dave

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 6:04 PM

Interesting and fascinating records Moira,lucky to have caught it on camera.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 6:08 PM

You always did have the knack of being in the right place
you must have felt honoured to experience this event Moira
and still you came up with superbly captured set
amazing skills
Lillian

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 8:20 PM

Great set Moira and excellent write up .Smile
Rob

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pdcche
pdcche  3 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 - 8:37 PM

Lovely set Moira, i think i go for V1, Peter..

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 8:40 PM

A fascinating glimpse into the lives of these priests and their elaborate costumes.
Ronnie.

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2012 - 9:09 AM

Very interestng Moira - like the closer look of the attiree in V3.
Joan.

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2012 - 9:14 AM

What a marvellous experience Moira, one to treasure for sure, not many have seen this with their own eyes it seems, but you've shared it with us. Many Thanks.

The religious regalia is something else, some of it quite sensible too, the furry padding for sitting on hard rocks, very down to earth.

Dougie

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