The old lights

This summer was so terribly hot in the daytime especially.
So there were some  traditional festivals in the night in Nara. We enjoyed warm old lights in these festivals.
August was the month of Bon-festival. The spirits of ancestors came back home and we saw the lights to welcome them and see them off at the World Heritage Site or around there.

A lots of lights were arranged in the estate of Todaiji-temple.

Sunset at Nigatudo

Light up at Ukimi-Dou

Sunset. Someone whispered it seems as if I am in the heaven.

Light up at Todaiji-Temple

nice model with a lantern. Candles in  cups lights.

They burnt many bonfires that were lined with a shape of 大(dai) on the Mt.Takamado to remember ancestors.  I heard this 大 is largest in Japan. It's about 109m~164m.

The emperor administered in the 8century here and lately it was restored. Countless lights(a candle in a cup) were scattered there. People enjoyed in the costumes of  Nara period. Of course they didn't have illuminations in those days.

lovely models

春日大社(Kasugataisya-Shrine)万灯篭(lots of lanterns)
 This shrine has about 1000 lanterns like this photo and 2000 stone lanterns. They are lit twice in a year.

21 件のコメント:

joy さんのコメント...

What a beatiful world you have there. Feels like I am in another world. Awesome.

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Arti さんのコメント...

Wow! This is such an illuminating festival! Can anyone light a candle or is the entire arrangement done by the authorities of the temple?

It must be such a fascinating experience to see the entire area brightened up in the pitch dark silent hours of the night. Thank you for your marvelous pictures, Sarah... it all does feel like heaven.

Forest Dream Weaver さんのコメント...

Hello Sarah!
Beautiful photos of light in darkness,an awesome scene. Lovely capture of the small boy among the cup lights,he looks as if he is in wonderland!It must be inspiring to experience this.My favourite is your header image.

Thanks for sharing.....have a great week,

sarah さんのコメント...

To Arti,
For cup lights, NPO organize at some places. The volunteer light candles.So anyone can light them.
For lanterns in Kasugataisya-shrine,the shrine organize. But anyone can light lanterns by paying 3000yen as 初穂料(It means that people dedicated the first grain that was harvested in that year to the shrine in old days. Instead of grain, people pay it by money now)

stardust さんのコメント...

夕焼け、ライトアプ、どれも素敵! 特に、5枚目は、インディゴの空の夕焼け、地には無数のキャンドルライト、浮かび上がる大極殿・・・鳥肌が立つような快感です。 夜の行事はすべて参加なさったようですね。さすがサラさん!

Rurousha さんのコメント...

What a stunning collection of photos! They're all beautiful, but that vast field of lights at Daigokuden takes my breath away. I wish I could see it in real life ...

Arti さんのコメント...

Thanks for the information, Sarah. That is very interesting to know.

Spiderdama さんのコメント...

I think you must be the master of light!! It is so beautiful and I can only imagine the mood..
I like your pictures and the colors of red in the sky. Dreamy and peaceful.
I would like to visit you, hehe:-)

Wendy さんのコメント...

Beautiful photos. I loved the sunset best!

orchid さんのコメント...

Dearest Sarah,
Wow, what GORGEOUS pictures to show us☆☆☆ I thought 大文字 is held just in Kyoto; haha I really am ashamed of myself(^^;) Thank yo very much for the wondeful pctures and information. I wish I could be such a good photographer like you♡♡♡
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Minor さんのコメント...

こんばんは。 今回も素晴らしいブログですね。 ひととき、暑さを忘れる重いです。

Magia da Inês さんのコメント...

彡♡` Olá, amiga!

O por do sol é magnífico! As luzes e velas maravilhosas!!! São preciosos esses festivais.

Lindo dia!
Bom fim de semana!
Brasil ♡彡.

ruma さんのコメント...

Hello, sarah.

 Your heartwarming works fascinates my heart.

 Thank you for your kindness and support.
 And i pray for you and yours peace.

Have a good week-end. ruma❃

you-wee because さんのコメント...

So many wonderful available light photographs you show in this post, Sarah!
We have a festival of lights once a year as well in the spa gardens of our hometown, but we don't have such a beautiful temple in the background!


Ekaterina Trayt さんのコメント...

So much beauty comes from simple candlelight!

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R.Ramakrishnan さんのコメント...

Splendid and glorious illuminations. Thanks for sharing.

Giga さんのコメント...

Widoki zachodzącego słońca i zaświeconych lampek są niesamowite, wspaniałe. Pozdrawiam.
The views of the setting sun and lit lights are amazing, wonderful. Yours.