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shimekazari orange decoration paper straw hanging over door toba japan ise house front door

Wrote a finals paper on this New Years decoration, so it was wonderful to finally see.  Consisting of Shimenawa braided rope,  folded paper, a bitter orange, pine and fern leaves.  These decorations are hung above entrance doorways to keep away misfortune and invite the gods of harvest.  Ise, Mie Prefecture.


The Town Festival Stage


The Town is a theatrical festival with a focus on sustainability.  A small part of the bush is transformed into a pop up town complete with post office and welcomes the town folk to take on their alter ego for the 4 day weekend.  A space to be free and at one with nature, yourself and fellow citizens of the town.