Station Square of the Fukushima Station: 10 February, 2012

Koji Nagahata

Station Square (The Big Straw Sandal was coming)
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Playing Kagura (Music and Dance for Shinto Gods)
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At the Shinobu-Sanzan Akatsuki Mairi (Visiting Shinto shrine at Mt. Shinobu, at dawn) Festival, the big sandal dedicated to Haguro Shinto shrine (located at the top of Mt. Shinobu) is paraded around the city. The big sandal came to the Fukushima station square.
At the square, Kagura (music and dance for Shinto Gods) was performed: Tengu (a long-nosed goblin) was dancing with the music.
About 200 or 300 spectators were there. After the quake, it was first time for me to see such numbers of people at the station square.
I heard that number of new year's worshippers at a certain Shinto shrine was more than usual year and also number of people who attended a prayer was more. Perhaps, people who call upon the gods and Buddhas for help may increase after the quake.

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