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Seven Brave Men Performing A Dance
In Iida City, Nagano Prefecture, the annual autumn festival is held at Nanakuri-jinja Shrine from the late September to early October every year. This Japanese traditional festival has been continued for about 700 years to pray (or thank) for huge harvest, a state of perfect health. The seven young men selected from nearby villages dance with a heavy wooden pail (20 kg in weight) around a 10-meter-tall turret. A unique dance performed while raising a pail over the head is called ‘’Oke-Furi’’.
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