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Yamaga Toro Roman Festival

March 3, 2008

Not to be confused with the summer lantern festival, the Toro Roman (灯籠浪漫) festival is a welcome burst of colour and winter warmth in the old town of Yamaga, Kumamoto prefecture.

You can read an excellent write-up of both summer and winter festivals here (and the same page in Japanese here). I’m just here to show you pretty pictures!

Behind the scenes

More of the same after the jump!

For about a month from late January, the narrow streets of the old part of the town are illuminated by lamps made of bamboo…
Follow the path

… and Japanese parasols.

In some courtyards, the displays are even more elaborate.

And at a shrine behind the main streets, the atmosphere was breathtaking.

Night garden

A larger set of photographs of Yamaga’s Toro Roman Festival is available here.

Time to go home

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. remora permalink
    March 4, 2008 10:37 am

    these are smackingly good photos Jon – and I hope I can say one day “I knew him when..” but just turning to other things for a moment – What happened to the cow in the meadow? more importantly why was the cow in the meadow?
    I’m sorry i missed the symbolism – if there was any.

  2. March 4, 2008 10:58 am

    You’re very kind. 🙂
    The cow? Just a bit of Rafa-rotation. He might be back later. No symbolism. Just the zen simplicity of ‘just a cow’.

  3. August 15, 2010 5:20 pm

    Looks like a beautiful festival!

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