Narita Taiko Matsuri Drum Festival was a booming experience. Drum groups performed along Omotesando Street leading from the station to Naritasan Shinshoji Temple.
Narita, population of 60,000, designed in 1968 as one of the new towns peripheral to Tokyo, started on agro-industry now prides itself as an international airport hub.
The character of the town emerges as dusk falls. Shop-keepers begin to set up candles to decorate their entrances with warm encouraging wishes to Japan and the victims of the earthquake and tsunami.
A grandmother squats beside her grandson explaining the messages and the sadness felt as mother looks on.
The granite dogs, turtles, rabbits watch over the town and observe its activities silently.
At the temple main stage, performers dance to the vibrant rhythm of the drum beat.
Tengu, a long-nosed goblin, is respected as a protective spirit in Japanese folklore.
Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, an elegant structure, is known for Shingon Buddhism, a mainstream major school of Japanese Buddhism and one of the few surviving Esoteric Buddhist lineages that started in the third and fourth century.
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The clock tower in full moonlight, also serves as a fire look-out vantage point for the town.