August 19, 2015

Chugen-mantoro (the Lantern Festival): Kasuga-taisha Shinto shrine (Nara)

The candle lights of numerous hanging lanterns were quietly wavering in the vermilion-lacquered corridor of the Kasuga-taisha Shinto shrine to solemnly celebrate the Bon Festival.

These gilded bronze lanterns were donated by the people worshipping the Kami (deity) of Kasuga to pray for the prosperity and fortune of them and their ancestors.

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