Secret Eroticism and Lived Religion

The Art of Matsuri Photography

In: Journal of Religion in Japan
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  • 1 University of California, Davis, CA, USA

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Through interviews and personal observation, this essay introduces the photographer Ogano Minoru, exploring his particular take on the practice of matsuri photography. In his photos, Ogano tries to visually capture the affective aspects of matsuri as experienced by participants. He suggests that even when matsuri are not organized through religious institutions, they emerge from deeply held beliefs and everyday life concerns in the local community. The concluding part of the article is a brief photo essay about mushi-okuri and related matsuri in the Tsugaru region (Aomori Prefecture).

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