餅花 / flowers made rice cake 京都, 安井神社 'mochi-bana' is a figuration that the branch of willow or giant dogwood decorating with many small rice cakes. it is a new year's day's ceremony praying for good harvest. this ceremony came in early edo era years ago)
Shintoism - Yabusame rider, Ogano Harumatsuri, Saitama: the riders at this festival are using ancient breed Japanese horses, known for their toughness and speed. They almost became extinct in the century with the introduction of European breeds.