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Square #1 at Toshogu Temple, Nikko, Japan, 2013[open in full screen]  

 
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These photos were taken during the most celebrated days of the year, during the Tosho-gu Grand Spring Festival. The scene was like stepping back in time.

As we craned our necks to see, samurai archers on horseback raced up the hill exploding wooden targets with their arrows.

  In fact, throughout the forest, every elaborately gilded shrine and gateway concealed yet another wonder.

Masked drummers, Shinto priests, armoured samurai, each participating in some time-honoured ritual mysterious to us.

  Visit one more public space from the same area and on the same occasion for more exciting sights from Toshugu Temple.

❖ Photographs by Ken Grunberg, 
and Una Janicijevic
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Next Square #2 at Toshogu Temple, Nikko, Japan

 
           
   
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