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Orange Pulling Rope
This is one of the two palanquins containing the holy spirits of the Emperors Komei and Kammu. 800 AD.
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Targets Presented
Targets Presented
John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > A Third Trip to Japan > Kochi > Targets Presented

Mounted Horseman
I was impressed with the quality of the gear on the horses, as well as the detail that went into the armor.
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Foot Soldiers
These soldiers had long pike like poles.
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Bureaucrat
I believe this is the lead of the patriots in the Meiji Restoration.
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Geishas On Stage
This stage was pushed the whole length of the parade. There were three shaparones walking behind.

The woman in orange represents Lady Shizuka (1180) Shizuka-Gozen, a Kyoto dancer, was the beloved of Minamoto-Yoshitsune.


John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > A Second Trip to Japan > Festivals in Kyoto > Geishas On Stage

Human Archery Target
Back in the day (Kamakura Period 1192-1333AD), apparently the Yabusame Archers had humans hold the targets. Notice there is only one level - good enough, not the bulls eye we see.
John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > A Second Trip to Japan > Festivals in Kyoto > Human Archery Target

Little Bird
Some of the children were dressed as little birds and little butterflies. At this point they had walked a few km so I'm sure they were tired. (Zen-retsu)
John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > A Second Trip to Japan > Festivals in Kyoto > Little Bird

Soldier Walking
He has stone in his armor and the two swords you would expect from a Samurai. I was impressed with the quality that went into the costumes.
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Witches
Witches
John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > A Second Trip to Japan > Welcome To Kumamoto > Witches

Cross Dressing Students
For some reason, cross dressing seems to be a bit more common in Japan. These students were a little surprised to see foreigners taking pictures of them - the girls behind throught it was hilarous.
John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > A Second Trip to Japan > Welcome To Kumamoto > Cross Dressing Students