Station Square of the Fukushima Station: 10 February, 2016

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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On 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) was paraded around the city. The big sandal came to the Fukushima station square.
This year, adding to the big sandal, two small sandals shouldered by school children were paraded around the city.
At the square, Kagura (music and dance for Shinto Gods) was performed: Tengu (a long-nosed goblin) was dancing with the music, as usual year.
To watch the children shouldering the sandals, many of their mothers gathered at the square. Due in part to this, the numbers of the spectators in this year were much more than that of last year: although I think those were a little bit less than that of the festival in 2012.

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