Last night I went to the Mitama Matsuri, the festival of the lights, at Yasukuni Jinja. (If you want to go, you have one last chance tonight.) I wrote about the festival here, so this post will focus on photos. I deliberately avoided the impossibly crowded main avenue, despite the fact that it's a spectacular sight, and concentrated on the quieter areas around the main shrine itself. If you know your shrines - and that's one thing this nomad can claim without lying too much - you know where you can squeeze past the smaller Spirit-Pacifying Shrine and find a quiet spot without too many people ...
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... where you can enjoy the trees, the lights and a surprisingly profound silence - given the fact that it's a festival - entirely on your own. The point of a festival is to celebrate with others, but I wanted a quiet moment with the spirits, and that's what I got.
|People line up to pray at the main shrine.|
|みたままつり, i.e. Mitama Matsuri|
|The main avenue. It's a spectacular sight, but this year I avoided it in favour of ...|
|... blessed solitude.|