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.
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