Japan: festival of the Sacred pillars


Onbashira Matsuri, or festival of the Sacred pillars, is the traditional Japanese festival held every 6 years in the year of the Tiger or the year of the Monkey in Nagano.

During the festival the participants on the slopes on the giant trunks of a 150 year old trees weighing up to 10 tons, holding them with his bare hands, and all this accompanied by music, dancing and colourful outfits. Really impressive!

Festival of Onbashira Matsuri originated in Shinto and is a unique festival, which for 1200 years celebrates the renovation and replacement of the four giant pillars of the great temple of Suwa-Taisha Shrine.

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