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Ebisu Shrine, New Year's Day 5

Posted by
Daryl Johnson (Worcester Park, United Kingdom) on 8 March 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture.

The fukuzasa (lucky bamboo branches) are also sold by fukumusume, "fortune women", who are specially chosen for this festival.

I apologise in advance if I'm tardy with commenting on your blogs or returning comments during the week... I will get to you though!

standley from Carquefou, France

There is such a beautiful devotion in this image!

8 Mar 2009 6:20am

@standley: Thanks Richard!

kiji from Valenciennes City of Lights, France

Beautiful traditional scene.

8 Mar 2009 8:14am

@kiji: Cheers kiji!

Richard_Irwin from Belper, United Kingdom

I think her outfit is lovely, the crop in the shot draws us into the intimacy of the scene.

8 Mar 2009 10:35am

@Richard_Irwin: Thanks Richard!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

What feeling, it's mysterious yet very elegant, I like it very much :)

8 Mar 2009 11:52am

@Lorraine: Cheers Lorraine!

kerfendal from Paris, France

perfect and lively, I like the contrasts you got

8 Mar 2009 11:59am

@kerfendal: Cheers kerfendal!

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Nicely composed. Well done.

8 Mar 2009 1:17pm

@Laurie: Thanks Laurie!

Ilan from Israel

This is a great frame, very nicely done.
Thank you so much for sharing, I really enjoyed your blog.

8 Mar 2009 4:23pm

@Ilan: Thank you Ilan!

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

interesting shot

8 Mar 2009 9:00pm

@Alun Lambert: Thanks Alun!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Thanks Daryl. I got a picture of one of these fukumusume at the Ebisu Festival in Hiroshima but had no idea what they were called. Actually, I walked by the shrine one morning, on the way to work, and saw two young women being inducted in a ceremony. I later saw one in full regalia at the festival. I appreciate your wealth of knowledge.

9 Mar 2009 1:57am

@Steve Rice: Ha ha! Thanks Steve - but you should really be thanking Google!

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

This might have bad connotations over here --though without the face being covered I guess it's ok.

9 Mar 2009 3:22am

@Twelvebit: Really? Again, I just innocently snap away...