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Shibuya Nebuta Matsuri

  Sep 19th, 2009

Tonight was the Shibuya Nebuta Matsuri (festival) in Center-gai. The float procession was very small but the energy of the participants was high. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, but it did not seem quite a big event to call it a real matsuri. I was expecting a lot more food stalls and floats.

The main float in the procession

The main float in the procession

A nice look at the float at it goes past Tsutaya video store

A nice look at the float at it goes past Tsutaya video store

You can see the outline of Tokyu store behind the float

You can see the outline of Tokyu store behind the float

The colors in the float look really good

The colors in the float look really good

This Canon camera is getting a nice shot of the festival colors

This Canon camera is getting a nice shot of the festival colors

This guy was getting some good coverage with his video camera

This guy was getting some good coverage with his video camera

The policeman looks on to make sure the crowd dont get to close

The policeman looks on to make sure the crowd dont get to close

The drummers put out a good beat for everyone to dance to

The drummers put out a good beat for everyone to dance to

Not the normal age group I am used to seeing for a Matsuri, but they showed a lot of energy

Not the normal age group I am used to seeing for a Matsuri, but they showed a lot of energy

The float heads off down the Center-gai

The float heads off down the Center-gai

14 thoughts on “Shibuya Nebuta Matsuri”

  1. pic 2 is my fav…beautiful float.

  2. Clement says:

    Wow!! Great Photos, the color and contrast for the photos are superb. If you don’t mind, what are the average settings you used for these photos, because it seems like you didn’t use flash, and the photos aren’t grainy = low ISO?
    Anyhow, excellent job!! Keep it up!

    1. shibuya246 says:

      I dont like flash very much so I bought a lens that can handle low light and still perform well.

      Looking at the EXIF data, the average ISO is 1,250. f/4.8 is as low as the lens goes, but it holds up well. The lens is the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED AF-S Nikkor.

  3. PammyCastro says:

    I’m using Pic #1 as my laptop background. It’s just too pretty. The colours are superb. Hope you don’t mind ^_^

    1. shibuya246 says:

      No problem at all. I uploaded some larger size pictures to flickr if youo want to use them also.
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/shibuya246/sets/72157622284955495/

  4. whipcracker says:

    RT @Shibuya246: Shibuya Nebuta Matsuri, Japan Photo-Post | Shibuya246 http://bt.io/Ddp
    This is really a colorful matsuri. It looks like a lot of preparation and thought has gone into this one. All ages seem to participate and have fun doing it. Another great set of photos

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  6. alafista says:

    Wow the colors of the float are really pretty, glad you caught it on camera.

    1. shibuya246 says:

      Thanks. I like the bright colors that can be captured at night 🙂

  7. Azriel says:

    Waa… If that big one appears suddenly in front of me, don’t know how i could react hahah…
    Good job taking pics over the folks head… that detail ruins most of my stuff at work :S

  8. thetooth says:

    lol at the crappy point and shoot. all they need is manual exposer/IOS and an option to disable color correction and you mite actually get a descent shot.

    anyway i get a Canon EOS 5D Mark II for my bday ^__^

    1. shibuya246 says:

      Happy B’day and congrats on the MK II gift. Very nice. Time to start thinking about what lenses you are going to add to it. Look forward to seeing some photos.

  9. NekoLover says:

    B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L , The floats are colourful yet magical at the same time not only that , but its located in Shibuya .

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