Yonekawa Mizukaburi Photo Contest

March 31, 2020

In early February 2020, I attended a very special traditional festival called ‘Yonekawa Mizukaburi’. What makes it special is that recently the festival has been designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage event. And for that, the organizers have been trying to popularize the festival, which is said to originally began over 800 years ago, as a major tourist attraction in Miyagi prefecture.

And coincidentally, they also held a photo contest, of which I entered with 2 entries and ended up winning the runner-up prize and participation prize through both of my submissions. Words could not describe how happy I was to receive the news. Note: as of March 31st, perhaps due to COVID-19 outbreak, the winning entries are not publicized yet on the official Yonekawa town website.

Photo contest award certificates.

So here’s the winning shot for runner-up prize, titled 【絆 】 (meaning “bond / connection”).

絆 (bond/connection) – runner-up prize

And here’s the other entry that got the participation prize, titled【決心】(meaning “determination”).

決心 (determination) – participation prize

By far, this was the most fun festival I have ever seen, so I will write up the details of my experience in a separate blog article, coming soon. Stay tuned!


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Jerfareza Daviano

Jerfareza is a weekend freelance photographer based in Sendai, specializing in portrait photography, family & couple photography and travel photography among others. Should you wish to hire him you can do so by checking out his photo plan page.

He won grand prize in architecture category of Sendai Starlight Festival 2018 Photo Contest.

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