Lanterns at Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara, Japan
Nara was established as the first "permanent" capital of Japan in the year 710.
The Fujiwara family had primacy in Nara during this period, and built the Kasuga Taisha shrine dedicated to the Shinto dieties that protected the new capital city.
These lanterns at the shrine are lit only twice a year during special festival periods. Here they glow in the early evening light during "Setsubun", which falls in early February on the day before the first day of Spring on the lunar calendar.
- Mark Johnston
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- Contained in galleries
- Views of Japan: outside Tokyo