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Midsummer Japan Shinto Shrine Lantern Festival

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Uploaded on May 17, 2009

This short and simple video captures images of the sea of lanterns displayed each year in August at the Gokoku Shinto shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan. The festival has few events as the main focus are the thousands of traditional paper lanterns (chochin) covering and area of several acres and situated immediately in front of the main shrine structure.

Yumiko and I delighted in watching little Emily run along the lanes of lanterns, jumping and dancing in delight among the soft lights. I joined her for several laps through the lanterns though was unable to keep up with her energy nor her ability to dart easily under the hanging orbs. The fireworks at the end of the festival were quite an experience as they launched very near at hand and exploded just overhead with a deafening report. I apologize that I failed to capture more of the festival events though I did wish to share the images of the field of lanterns which was a spectacular sight to behold.

Can you spot the full moon visible above the lanterns early in the video? This sight was only a warm up for the beautiful full moon the Japanese traditionally enjoy during moon viewing festivals during the month of September.

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