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Sake Barrels Wrapped in Straw

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 20 February 2016 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Every year, the Meiji Jingu Nationwide Sake Brewers Association offers barrels of sake to the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken whose souls are enshrined here. In return, prayers are said for the continued prosperity of the sake brewing industry.

Barrels of sake are a fairly common sight at other shrines I've visited. The young couple posing in front of the sake is not such a common sight for me. ;-)

Meiji Shrine
Harajuku, Tokyo

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20 Feb 2016 5:26am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Fine tradition. Is barrels on the side of one of the text associated with the manufacture of sake? Good luck to the young couple.

20 Feb 2016 5:59am

@Jypyä Pop: Yes, I believe so.

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Belle tradition

20 Feb 2016 6:24am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle image de ce couple la belle robe en rose tout en élégance et toutes ces formes rondes ces dessins ces inscriptions superbe vue.

20 Feb 2016 6:28am

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

That's... quite a pose.

Great spectacle for sure!

20 Feb 2016 9:03am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I agree. It is not such a common sight. Interesting combination of traditional barrels and a pink dress.

20 Feb 2016 9:23am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

A very original place and photo ! superb sake barrels collection and nice young couple !

20 Feb 2016 9:32am

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

A wonderful cultural image.

20 Feb 2016 10:09am

julie from France

La vie en rose... ;)
Superbe composition avec ces boites géantes empilées, bravo !
Bon weekend Steve !

20 Feb 2016 10:37am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Both are not a common sight for me...Beautiful and interesting !

20 Feb 2016 10:48am

Harmonia from Bondues, France

Amazing !!!

20 Feb 2016 11:15am

jean pierre a from France

magnifique et intéressante photo!! amitiés

20 Feb 2016 2:17pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

5 stars from me. SPectacular!

20 Feb 2016 2:57pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful image. Each barrel is showing a name of sake, and I've found barrels came from many prefectures in Japan. Have a nice weekend.

20 Feb 2016 3:16pm

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une très belle prise!

20 Feb 2016 5:23pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

dreamy shot

20 Feb 2016 5:47pm

Sam from Chennai, India

A beautiful image of these barrels and the young couple. Lovely. :)

20 Feb 2016 6:00pm

Don from Spokane, United States

The spot of color in front of the drab background is very impressive.

20 Feb 2016 7:20pm

roland theys from Loverval, Belgium

Wonderful image

20 Feb 2016 11:26pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

A lovely capture

21 Feb 2016 2:15am

Martine from France

Très jolie composition.

21 Feb 2016 4:00am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh belle robe

21 Feb 2016 9:15am

franz from Baden, Austria

this is indeed a sight to be seen! so 'japanese' in its details again. the couple add a more 'western' touch, though ...

21 Feb 2016 10:53am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

So happy for you Steve ! a very well deserved Spotlight ! Congratulations !

21 Feb 2016 5:53pm

@Anna Cherer: Thanks so much, Anna.

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

Spotlight! cool

21 Feb 2016 5:57pm

@Daniel: Thanks, Dan.

k@ from Paris, France

Wonderful, love the framing, bravo Steve !

21 Feb 2016 7:11pm

@k@: Thank you, Karine.

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Congratulations ! Steve. Really good image.:-)

21 Feb 2016 7:56pm

@Tomek: Thank you, Tomek.

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
L O V E L Y !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations! :)

21 Feb 2016 8:45pm

@omid: Thanks a lot, Omid.

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

Congratulations on your spotlight for this amazing photo!

21 Feb 2016 8:55pm

@Mireille T.: Thank you.

Urszula from Gdańsk, Poland

Congratulations! Photo as interesting as the custom :)

21 Feb 2016 9:14pm

@Urszula: Thanks.

Anne from France

Tres intéressant, belle image, bravo!

21 Feb 2016 10:28pm

@Anne: Thank you.

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Beautiful image ...
Congratulations on the Spotlight !!!

21 Feb 2016 11:06pm

@Baldwin VW: Thank you, Baldwin.

Diana from Olympia, United States

Congratulations on the spotlight!

22 Feb 2016 2:43am

@Diana: Thank you.

Linda Candilas from Cameron Park, United States

Stunning, Congratulations on your Spotlight.:))

22 Feb 2016 4:28am

@Linda Candilas: Thank you.

Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore

Beautiful image - her flowing gown gives a splash of Colour to the scene. Congratulations.

22 Feb 2016 5:25am

@Lai Chan See: Thank you.

sara from Rasht, Iran

Interesting photo.

22 Feb 2016 5:45am

@sara: Thank you.

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

What a beautiful scene. Congratulations on your spotlight!

22 Feb 2016 8:36am

@Sarito: Thanks.

franz from Baden, Austria

oh yes, a very understandable choice for a well-deserved spotlight! congratulations, steve!

22 Feb 2016 10:01am

@franz: Thanks a lot, Franz.

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful romantic composition! Congratulations on your Spotlight!

22 Feb 2016 12:22pm

@mo.langel: Thank you.

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

...and Congratulations on the Spotlight !

22 Feb 2016 1:17pm

@Mhelene: Thank you, Mhelene.

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Congratulations on the Spotlight, Steve.

22 Feb 2016 2:56pm

@Kyu: Thank you, Kyu.

Kiki from Auvergne, France

A stunning image ! Congratulation on the spotlight !

22 Feb 2016 3:52pm

@Kiki: Thanks, Kiki.

jean pierre a from France

bravo pour le spot!! amitiés

22 Feb 2016 4:22pm

@jean pierre a: Thank you, Jean Pierre.

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

The couple disrupt this highly repetitive scene. Excellent composition.

22 Feb 2016 5:53pm

@Francisco Romero: Thanks, Francisco.

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Congratulations on your well deserved SPOTLIGHT!!!

22 Feb 2016 6:49pm

@Ruthiebear: Thanks, Ruthie.

fereshteh. from Iran

Congratulations !

22 Feb 2016 7:04pm

@fereshteh.: Thank you.

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Great image, congrats Steve !!!

22 Feb 2016 8:07pm

@Tede: Thanks, Tede.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Big Congratulations on your greatly-deserved Spotlight, Steve...of all the folks on this Blog, you, in my opinion, are riding at the top...Your work is so inspirational.

23 Feb 2016 1:17am

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks a lot, Denny!

Stu from From Scotland | Living in Kyoto, Japan

Wow! Superb! Congrats on the spotlight Steve.

25 Feb 2016 5:08am

@Stu: Thanks, Stu.

Sam from Chennai, India

Congratulations on your spotlight. Richly deserved. :)

25 Feb 2016 5:43am

@Sam: Thank you, Sam.

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