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!
The festival might look like a large outside party, but it is, in fact, a spiritual event. Make sure you don't get in the way during the procession.
Doing photography after a few drinks always make exciting pictures (well...). Ask the participant to taste their sake; it is delicious!
I recommend you stay around all day. There are quite a few different ceremonies which, in my opinion, are all worth observing.
When it gets dark, the ambiance changes completely! The dashi (cars) are even more beautiful.
Have fun and enjoy the festival! Yayoisai is one of the greatest event in Nikko, write it down on your list!