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Exhibition: The Soma-Nomaoi Horse Festival


Photographs by Tadashi Kumagai and Mayumi Takahashi.

THREE MONTHS AFTER 3/11, WE MET horses that had been rescued from the tsunami and areas around the Fukushima nuclear reactors. They were being cared for at the Soma Nakamura Jinja – historically, the location for the 1,000-year-old Soma-Nomaoi Horse Festival. Now the shrine was the center for relief operations in Fukushima.

One year after the disaster, the Festival was revived. In the heat of July, about 400 riders dressed in samurai armor engaged in races and mock cavalry battles. We have been documenting the festival since its resumption and will be there again this year, cheering the horses and their riders, and praying for the area’s recovery.

The dates for 2014 Soma-Nomaoi Festival are July 26, 27, and 28.

Tadashi Kumagai (photo top)  of Studio Bears graduated from Tokyo College of Photography. He works in advertising and for magazines, and personally focuses on performing art.

Mayumi Takahashi (photo below) of Heartful Photo is a graduate of Japan Women's University and works mostly on family photography.

Published in: March

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