Honorable Mention TIFA 2022 People / Culture

Mikoshi Wash

  • Photographer
    Cain Shimizu
  • Technical Info
    1/10seconds,f16, 100mm,iso100
  • Photo Date
    20 July 2022

This is a Japanese festival. It is the mikoshi that people are pouring water on. A mikoshi is a temporary vehicle that carries the gods of a shrine. Normally, we don't sprinkle water on the mikoshi, but at this festival, we can see people walking several hundred meters from the downstream to the upstream of the river, and finally pouring water on the portable shrine.

I was born in 1970 in Osaka, Japan. I became interested in cameras when I was in high school. At that time, the goal was to shoot the Blue Impulse, an acrobatic flight team. After that, I didn't shoot for a while, but when I was 30 I started shooting again. At that time, I was mainly shooting landscapes in color. However, around 2018, I started taking monochrome photographs in earnest. I was convinced that taking a work in black and white would more accurately represent the scenery I felt. Since then, I have been shooting mainly Japanese landscapes , streets and airplane.