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May 16 – Sanja Matsuri – 136/365


This is one of few surviving true celebrations that offer its participants spiritual purification through a mild form of physical suffering. This suffering (carrying around on their shoulders  heavy Mikoshi-shrine) is all visible and audible. You can read it on each happy face of every volontier and hear it in their extatic singing that main purpose becomes to support their will to endure. It all tells you that this is not just a usual commercial emasculated fake, this is for real. All social differences are wipe out  among people carrying mikoshis. You wouldn’t tell a yakuza from a lawer. Neither would they remember it themselves.


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