Asami Tashiro is a Shinto priestess in Soma. She and her family help run the annual Soma-Nomaio festival, which has been held here for more than a thousand years. In 2011, almost no one came, but Asami hoped they would return. The next year, more than 400 horse owners came back, as did 45,000 tourists.
This photograph is part the book of Would You Stay?, by Michael Forster Rothbart, published by TED Books in 2013. The photos come from Forster Rothbart’s...more »
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