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Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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Bonden Festival

At the Bonden (or Bonten) Festival at Yokote in the Akita Prefecture of Japan, each district of the city has a team of young men to carry its bonden in a race to the Asahiokayama-jinja shrine. The bonden is a 10-foot (3-m) bamboo pole, draped with heavy cloth and topped by a platform holding a figure of the Animal of the Year. Those carrying the bonden gradually increase their pace until they are running, often pushing members of competing teams to the ground to be the first to the top. The team that arrives first wins the privilege of offering its bonden to the kami, or god. More...
Nisar Akhtar
Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 3:14:16 AM

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Sounds a very energetic and lively activity!
Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 8:42:51 AM

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Miyoshi Bonden-sai Festival at Miyoshi Shrine, Akita, Akita Prefecture, features Bonden, votive offering for good harvest and prosperity made of bamboo baskets covered with brightly colored cloth and streamers, being carried by villagers to the shrine. The highlight will be from around 10:30 a.m. to noon, when about 80 groups of local young men carrying their own bonden, compete with one another to be the first in dedicating bonden to the shrine.
Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 9:58:44 AM
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king of the hill good fun
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Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 2:10:27 PM

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Sounds like an interesting event that would be enjoyable to watch.
Celia Harper
Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 9:08:37 PM

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I have spent a couple of weeks in a town in Japan's Iwati Prefecture which is not far from Akita, but nestled in the middle of northern Honshu. The comment made by Nisar Akhtar about this being an very energetic and lively activity, captures the spirit I observed as an American teacher in a Yuda and Nishiwaga middle schools. Everything is done with energy, enthusiasm, and a sense of competition. Even the students' participation in the cleaning of the school building after the school day, was accomplished with excitement and energy and always involved boys sliding down bannisters, dashing down halls with mops, and lots of laughter. In 2001 we were there in November when the first snow fell and the Japanese students were as excited as their American visitors. Let the snowball fights begin!
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