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5 Samurai
Once more with the Samurai
Again with the olden day look
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Monday, 20-Sep-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Kumamoto City Annual Festival (Fujisaki hachimangu ohmatsuri)

View from the front of the temple
 
 
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This is the biggest festival of the year in Kumamoto City. Apparently it is held in honour of a Warlord who brought his army to Kumamoto to free the city (not too sure what/who he was freeing it from). The festival starts at about 5:30 in the morning and ends around 8 at night, which is a hell of a long time to be walking/chanting and drinking. The most prestigious role that a participant can have is to lead their particular groups horse (By the way, there were 7 people hospitalised during the festival due to 'accidents' with horses; mainly where the horse gets really pissed off and nails people standing on the sidewalks). The noise from the festival can be heard from miles away as they dance and chant their way through town. By the end of it all their are alot of tired and drunk people returning to where they started (a local shrine). But anyways, here are some of the pictures. (I just bought the digital camera so some of the photos won't be too shit hot as I still have'nt really figured out the finer details.)


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