Station Square of the Fukushima Station: 10 February, 2015

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 Festival (Visiting Shinto shrine at Mt. Shinobu, at dawn), 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.
When Kagura was performed, an attendant of Shinto priest threw mandarin oranges to the spectators. (right photo)
About 60 or 70 spectators were there. Compared to the festival in 2012, which is the first festival after the quake, the numbers of the spectators were so few.

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