Totoya Hokkei

The seaweed-gathering ritual in Nagato province from the series »Famous Places in the Provinces«, 1834

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Big waves threaten to envelope two Shinto priests who, following an old ritual, are harvesting the first algae of the season on New Year's Eve. Illuminated by a burning torch, the two priests have gathered green seaweed from the seabed and are scurrying back to shore to escape the dangerous currents of the incoming tide. s face with a defunct temple lantern.

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