Thursday, June 2, 2016

Onbashira Matsuri, Japan

Onbashira Matsuri (御柱祭)
"Sacred pillars Festival"
April 2016 - Nagano Pref. (長野県)
Music by Madogarasu
Title : Green4
OH! MATSURi ©2016

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Onbashira 'Sacred pillars Festival'

The Onbashira Festival has been held every six years for 1,200 years when the shrine's buildings of Suwa Taisha are rebuilt at Suwa City, Nagano Prefecture, in the Chubu region of Japan. The climax of the festival consists of the Kiotoshi (young men ride the logs as they slide down a steep slope) and the Tate Onbashira (later as they are raised as pillars).

Suwa Taisha has four shrine buildings. For the Onbashira Festival, huge trees are cut from the forest. Each shrine building requires four pillars, one at each corner, so a total of 16 pillars are erected. These huge pillars are called "Onbashira" and mark off the sacred space of the shrine.

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