Celebrated my birthday at the Matsuri in the old town of Takayama. It is the annual festival of the Hie Shrine in the southern half of Takayama. This is an image I took at the ryokan we were staying at during our stay there. The people from the neighborhood temple goes door to door dressed in traditional wear, playing instruments while some of them perform a dance in the traditional lion costume. It is a ceremony to scare away evil spirits and to summon luck and fortune.