Hamaorisai Festival in Chigasaki

Hamaorisai Festival is held annually at Nishihama Beach in Chigasaki City. This is a summer festival where people take the mikoshi, or portable Shinto shrine, into the sea to please the god living in it. This year’s festival was held on the 20th of July, which is also the Umi-no-Hi (or the Ocean Day).

The festival starts very early in the morning at 4:00am.

Photography by Jesslee Cuizon

A portrait of a man waiting for his group to take the mikoshi into the water.

Photography by Jesslee Cuizon

Struggling with the waves is one challenging job of this festival.

Photography by Jesslee Cuizon

There’s been a “competition” among the shrines. Each group tries to be the one to go the farthest and longest out to the sea.

Photography by Jesslee Cuizon

After all the mikoshis are taken into the water, they are lined up and blessed by offering fruits and vegetables.

Photography by Jesslee Cuizon

This festival is one of the most challenging photoshoots I’ve had. I got soaked and almost drop my camera into the water.

I would like to thank Levi for inviting and offering his place for us to stay overnight.

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One Comment

  1. looking at these shots remind me of our own bayanihan. awesome!! i love those colorful “bandanas” on their heads and how the clouds, the waves and the beautiful sunrise perfected this one of a kind festival…

    Posted July 21, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Permalink