Shelby in Japan

In this photo you can see two young participants of the Jidai Matsuri (時代祭)while they were marching in the parade.  This festival is very famous in Kyoto (京都)and is one of the top three biggest in Japan. This festival is also known as the Festival of the ages as it has a lot to do with the history of Japan. It was held in the Imperial Palace grounds, Kyoto.

This photo was taken on the Island of Miyajima (宮島) located in Japan’s well known Hiroshima(広島). The photo was taken from up the back of the shrine further up the mountain side. It shows a good display of natural Japan along with the Shrine tori gates and even a priest doing his duties around the inner shrine.

I like this photo because it shows quite clearly the different steps taken in traditional Japanese Kyudo. Kyudo, as the picture shows, is Japanese archery. I was lucky enough to be taught by a very good teacher all about this art. Kyudo is a very traditional and spiritual art and works toward ones spiritual energy rather than hitting the target perfectly every time. The kanji, or Japanese symbols, for kyudo literally means bow art. (弓道)  I am positioned as third person in the line with all of my Japanese Kyudo teachers and fellow students. This photo was taken at a very old Dojo(道場) in a old Japanese Shrine.

-Shelby Barbe

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