Mt. Shinobu: 14 January, 2014

Koji Nagahata

Gokoku Shrine
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Don-do Yaki festival was held at Gokoku Shrine as usual. Don-do Yaki festival is a new year event that new year's ornaments and old talismans are burned.
This year, I visited this festival at a weekday, because of my schedule. In spite of a weekday, many worshipers visited this shrine. While I recorded the sounds, there were always some worshipers around the fire.
A handout advertising this festival described "Decontamination work was completed!" I asked a fire keeper whether a number of visitors increases because of the completion of the decontamination work. He answered "People can come without anxiety, therefore, I think maybe a little bit more worshipers came this year... At least, I think more worshipers came this year than the year just after the quake."
Recorded Gagaku music was played through PA Speakers, similar to the last year.
I wish you a happy new year.

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