Who ripped me? by Peter Zentjens

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A photo like this always makes me feel “the guy behind the button”. I didn’t create this, I only registered it. Yet I love this image.

It’s another one from Aomori in the north of Honshu, the central island of Japan. What you see is a nebuta-no-sato. Giant floats that are carried through the city in the beginning of August. They are actually giant lanterns made out of rice paper.

They have a historic origin, these floats. In the past they were carried through the city in times of war. Like this one, they mostly depict mythological demons in battle. Dragons, not in this picture, are another important ingredient.

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Comments

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryover 6 years ago

    Excellent shot. Great light

  • Thank you Helene.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Jacqueline Baker
    Jacqueline Bakerover 6 years ago

    this is great i love the look on his face, the colors and framing and the clarity is good too!

  • Can you imagine a whole museum full with these guys? :o)
    It’s definitely worth a visit. Maybe I’ll upload a few more, but if you want to see some more, there are a couple of them “online here”: http://www.zgallery-art.com/wallpapers/wallpape...

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Yool
    Yoolover 6 years ago

    Well taken.

  • Thanks Yool

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Ine Spee
    Ine Speeover 6 years ago

    Wow, this is very awesome. At first it actually looked like a photo of a 2D image to me. It wasn’t until I read your comment that I noticed this wasn’t a flat image. Guess my eyes like to play tricks on me. =P
    This is really beautiful though, and I bet it’s amazing to see. Great shot. =)

  • Thanks Ine. If you ever get the change, go see them in real, it’s an awesome sight.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Ine Spee
    Ine Speeover 6 years ago

    If I ever get the chance and the money, I would travel the world to see all its beautiful sights and nature. This would certainly be on the list. =D

  • I couldn’t travel much as a student either, but once you get a job, I’m sure it will work out. Japan is a dream to travel too. Easy, all the amenities you need, and a total culture shock. :)

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Sachi
    Sachiabout 6 years ago

    I grew up in a small village in Aomori-ken, so we went to the Nebuta and Neputa festivals every summer. It was always so much fun! This photo brought back memories. Love all your pictures from Aomori, they’re really beautiful.

  • Ah, I’m happy to have provoked happy memories Sachi. I think we should return there one day in summer and go to one of the festivals ourselves.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Rory Stapleton
    Rory Stapletonabout 6 years ago

    You may ONLY be the MERE photographer:) but you have to have the knowledge, technical skill and artist’s eye to have pulled off this WONDERFUL image. Keep releasing that shutter! What a talent – not just exhibited with this work but amply demonstrated by all your works on tthis site.

  • You are making me blush Rory! But many thanks for this wonderful comment and the fav.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Lisa Wong
    Lisa Wongabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful, I love the story behind these lanterns. The lighting is superb.

  • Thank you very much Lisa

    – Peter Zentjens

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