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Life Happening - Children's Day

Posted by
Hiro (Kyoto, Japan) on 7 May 2012 in Food & Cuisine and Portfolio.

May 5 is a national holiday to celebrate children's happiness in Japan. People eat 柏餅 Kashiwa Mochi, steamed sticky rice filled with sweet bean paste and wrapped in oak leaves. Since an old leaf did not fall until the sprout grew, the leaf of oak is considered to be a sign of prosperity.
Carp streamers, dolls of a samurai, a tiger or something gallant are often displayed because this day is originally for boys, March 3 is Girls' Day on the other hand.
May 5, 2012
流鏑馬神事 Yabusame series is going to be continued tomorrow again.

Canon EOS 40D 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 200 60 mm

Please leave your comments.

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Well composed!

7 May 2012 5:57am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! so clever focus
Have a lovely day

7 May 2012 6:09am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent framing! Superb composition!

7 May 2012 11:26am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Beautiful DOF and composition Hiro, very colorful!

7 May 2012 11:58am

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

beautiful colors .

7 May 2012 12:02pm

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

I prefer pizza, thanks:)

7 May 2012 12:07pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Strong presentation, it must be very good! Magnificent DOF. Good day.

7 May 2012 1:52pm

gerard1948 from Spain

Very nice composition ..

7 May 2012 2:17pm

arvin from sari, Iran

Very nice ...

7 May 2012 2:21pm

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

Well composed

7 May 2012 3:15pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

j'apprécie le premier plan mais je me demande si ça se mange

7 May 2012 3:17pm

Thierry Masson from orly, France


7 May 2012 5:22pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Excellent depth of field! A beautiful entry for the theme!

7 May 2012 6:23pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Interesting celebration, nice shot !!! Beautiful composition ...

7 May 2012 9:59pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Looks delicious Hiro! A beautifully framed shot! ;-)

8 May 2012 2:16am

k@ from Paris, France

Nice tribute to the kids, love the idea of this tradition, nice focus too.

8 May 2012 7:31am

Marie from FRESNES, France

appétissant, belle photo.

8 May 2012 7:39pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

I like the way you shot this! (I still feel that this festival is mainly meant for boys!)

9 May 2012 5:00am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Wow!..very nice close up...beautiful work

10 May 2012 1:55am

Bron from Canberra, Australia

Excellent shot Hiro

10 May 2012 12:40pm

Jason Kravitz from Brussels, Belgium

wow - I did not realize it was a holiday in Japan and a great idea to celebrate children's happiness - thanks for sharing and for participating in the Life Happening theme.

11 May 2012 5:49pm

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

Lovely focus. Silly question, are the oak leaves used because they flavour the sticky rice and symbolise prosperity or are they eaten? I imagine them as being very tough!

15 May 2012 7:55am

@Skyriani: We do not eat the leaves. Yes, they flavour the sticky rice and symbolise prosperity. And I think the leaves prevent a rice cake adhering with the adjacent one, practically.

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & so beautiful!

22 May 2012 6:02pm