April 17, a date to look for if ever you are planning a trip to Japan next year. There is a Festival in Nikko which celebrate the arrival of Springs. It is a 1200-year-old event called Yayoisai, and it is one of those events you don't want to miss if ever you are in the area. This year was my second time attending the matsuri, and I thought I could share some tricks to photograph the event! Enjoy!
It is a popular event, so expect a lot of people and a lot of photography enthusiast! Try to find yourself a right spot early enough to capture the ascension to Futarasan Jinja.
Most of the participant will not mind if you take their portrait. Just be kind to them!
Last year I started offering photography excursion to travelers who want to get the best out of their trip in Nikko. During the one-day "photo tour" I bring my customers to different areas where they can shoot beautiful images that suit their interest, plus they get to see a lot more places than any regular travelers who visit Nikko on a one day trip. Win/Win!!!
Two weeks ago, I had a client from Australia who was lucky enough to book his excursion during the Setsubun Festival, a very friendly Japanese event, where the Demon gets hunted, and "o-kashi" gets thrown at the participants.
We had a blast shooting the small Festival, and he felt fortunate to be in Nikko on that day. When you travel, do you plan your trip according to a special event and festival?