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Daemon
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Kasuga Matsuri

The Kasuga Shrine in Nara is one of the most beautiful and ancient in Japan. Every year on March 13, a festival is held there with elaborate ceremonies and performances that recall the shrine's heyday. The hiki-uma horse ceremony, in which a sacred horse is led in procession through the streets, and the elegant Yamato-mai dance performed by Shinto women are reminiscent of the culture and customs of the Nara and Heian Eras. Construction of the Kasuga Shrine was started during the Nara period (710-784) and was completed in the first years of the Heian period (794-1185). More...
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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:13:19 AM

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It would be lovely to see this in person.
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I went on Google Images and was delighted with the beauty of the Kasuga Matsure festival. Here is the url for your enjoyment: <https://www.google.com/search?site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1152&bih=556&q=Kasuga+Matsuri&oq=Kasuga+Matsuri&gs_l=img.12...4640.4640.0.6038.1.1.0.0.0.0.100.100.0j1.1.0....0...1ac.2.37.img..1.0.0.xLs5SnwqL_A>
Westley Payne
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Thanks Margs. It looks quite like an exquisitely exotic place to get lost for a while.

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Thanks for the link, Margurite. And I agree; that looks beautiful.

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japanese live for their traditions
TheParser
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People say that Japan is, indeed, an extremely beautiful and orderly place.

Besides that festival, people are absolutely fascinated by the beauty of Kyoto (which was purposely left untouched during World War II by order of the president), the charming cherry blossom season, and the good behavior of the population in general.

The Japanese people are very fortunate to live in such an efficient, orderly, and peaceful society. (During the horrible tsunami a few years ago, there was absolutely no rioting or looting.)
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An elegant festival of traditional performing arts continuously passed down since the 12th Century





*An important intangible folk cultural property refers to manners and customs related to food, clothing and shelter, vocation, faith, annual events, and folkloric performing arts, etc., which have been established by the people in daily life and passed down through generations, deemed especially valuable by the State.

The On-Matsuri is a festival held at Wakamiya-jinja Shrine which stands in the precincts of the Kasuga Taisha Grand Shrine. It was first organized in the 12th Century when an epidemic prevailed, and prayers were offered at this festival for the eradication of the plague and also for the blessing of a rich harvest. This historic festival continues to be one of the largest annual events of Nara Prefecture, attracting a great many tourists.

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/spot/festival/kasugawakamiyaon.html
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