Friday, 18 January 2013

T.G.I.F.: Bonden Festival

Throughout Akita Prefecture, the Bonden Festival is being celebrated with parades of colourful "wands" through local townships. Of particular interest is the celebration at the shrine on Mount Taiheizan near Akita Station. Men race up the mountain to be the first to offer their Bonden prayer at the shrine, often with violent physical altercations resulting from the frenzy to be first, known as "Bonden fighting."

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