Akita Kanto Festival

This festival is from Aug 3rd for 3 days. During this unique festival, men take turns to hoist eight-meter high bamboo poles called kanto using their hands, foreheads and shoulders while chanting “dokkoisho” meaning “heave” through the streets of Akita City. The festival is a traditional ceremony to pray for a bountiful harvest as well as protection from evil spirits.

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02. August 2013 by Joey
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