Saturday, September 25, 2010

Danjiri Matsuri #3

Each danjiri is carved with intricate scenes depicting wars, heroes, religious figures, and animals; each one is a mobil work of art. The danjiri go fastest turning corners. This is accomplished by four men pulling sets of levers which cause the danjiri to skid, allowing the shrine to turn. This is the most dangerous part of the matsuri; when the dancers have the greatest chance of falling off the danjiri and the danjiri has the greatest chance of slipping out of control and colliding with the hapless spectators.

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