Kappa matsuri boat on Shinagawa canal, Tokyo, Japan 1973

Childs, Iraphne R. (1973) Kappa matsuri boat on Shinagawa canal, Tokyo, Japan 1973. [Image]

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Ebara Jinja (shrine) in Shinagawa, Tokyo, is the proud possessor of a mask said to be 1000 years old, found floating in Tokyo Bay off Shinagawa long ago by a fisherman who thought it was the face of a god. He took it to the local shrine where it has been ever since. Once a year the mask is taken out into Tokyo Bay in a boat as a symbolic gesture to the god it is supposed to represent. This is part of the Kappa matsuri (water goblin festival) held annually in May. This image shows a procession boat with flute player and men and women passengers taking part in the procession.

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Item Type: Image
Collection: Asia-Pacific Images: 1970s-1990s
Keywords: Japanese; canals; festivals, celebrations, etc
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 13:06
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2014 19:39
Copyright Owner: Copyright Iraphne R. Childs.
CountryState or RegionCity or TownPlace
JapanTokyo Metropolitan PrefectureTokyo cityShinagawa canal
URI: http://digitalcollections.qut.edu.au/id/eprint/875
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