Sempill British Aviation Mission to Japan
Shinto ceremony at opening of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Station at Kasumi-ga-ura, July 1921. William Francis Forbes-Sempill, 19th Lord Sempill AFC, AFRAeS (1893-1965) was a Scottish peer and record-breaking air pioneer who was later shown to have passed secret information to the Imperial Japanese military before the Second World War. In 1921, Sempill led an official military mission to Japan that showcased the latest British aircraft. In subsequent years he continued to aid the Imperial Japanese Navy in developing its Navy Air Service and began giving military secrets to the Japanese. Although his activities were uncovered by British Intelligence, Sempill was not prosecuted for spying and allowed to continue in public life. Date: 1921
© The Royal Aeronautical Society (National Aerospace Library)/Mary Evans Picture Library
Mt Fuji, Cherry Blossom and Shinto Shrine, Fuji-yoshida City, Japan
The photo shows Mt Fuji and cherry blossom as viewed from Fuji Sengen Shrine, located in Arakurayama Sengen Park of Fuji-yoshida city, Yamanashi Prefecture. The town below is Fuji-yoshida city.
Fuji Sengen Shrine, which was erected in 705, is one of about 1, 300 Sengen shrines which were erected in honor of the deity of Mt Fuji. These days most of hikers begin climbing Mt Fuji from the 5th station, but in the old days pilgrims began their long journey to the top of Mt Fuji from Sengen Shrine in Fuji-yoshida.
Mt Fuji is UNESCO World Heritage site.
There are several shrine buildings including the Main Shrine and Churei-to (Five-storied Pagoda) and three huge sacred trees, each over 1, 000 years old. The God of this shrine is said to protect the marital harmony and happiness of family and safe delivery of baby as well as from illness and catastrophe.
© Nobutoshi Akao
Gion Matsuri, Kyoto, Japan
The Gion Festival (Gion Matsuri), which takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. The Festival is crowned by a parade (the Yamaboko Junko) on July 17th and July 24th. It takes its name from Kyoto's Gion district. Here one can see a mikoshi, a divine palanquin (also translated as portable Shinto shrine). Date: 1911
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection