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Die opwindende en heilige Onabashira Tree-rollende Festival

Nog nie bekend gemaak by Vanessa Boiser, Writer

Land: Japan

Die ervaring

The Onabashira tree-rolling festival is one of the most dangerous festivals celebrated in Nagano, Japan. It runs for more than one month and only takes place every 6 years. Participants to the Onabashira tree-rolling festival face serious risks and injuries because the rites involve hauling 16 enormous logs down a mountain. These amazingly heavy logs could date as much as 100 years old and are gathered to replace the four posts of each of the four shrines of the Suwa Taisha as a symbol of their restoration and rejuvenation. According to legend, these logs are believed to transfer their energies to the shrines. On the first of April, locals cut down 16 selected trees to be used to the Onabashira tree-rolling festival. The trees are "dressed" and prepared for the occasion by being wrapped in red and white, colors that are popular in the Shinto tradition. Big ropes are tied ceremoniously around them for use in heaving. Men and even some courageous women help pull the heavy logs from the mountain, down to the edge of a hill in Suwa. This task takes at least 3 days.

Wanneer wil jy gaan

The best time to experience the Onabashira tree-rolling festival is during the Kiotoshi roll held on April 3rd or 4th. The Kiotoshi roll starts when the logs reach the bank of a steep hill and where brave and physically fit men get ready to ride the logs down to the edge of the river dangerously. This particular part of the festival is so famous that the last time it was celebrated almost 2 million people came to witness it. There are good seats available if you are willing to pay for the cost. Moreover, it is recommended to watch from a distance to avoid getting hurt. Reports of death from getting trampled, drowning and heart attack from the Onabashira tree-rolling festival are not uncommon. People from the side lines watch and cheer for the brave men who unsuccessfully try to remain on the logs approaching the bottom of the hill. Then, logs are pulled and steered downstream to the direction of the shrines where they will be vertically hoisted up with men singing and shouting songs of success while they try to cling to the logs. These will be the sacred pillars for the next 6 years until another Onabashira tree-rolling festival is held.

Odds n 'Ends

As jy van plan is om die Onabashira boom rollende fees te ervaar, sal die volgende een gehou word op 2016. Wees bereid om jou besprekings te boek, want baie van die toeriste sal gaan na die plek. Dit word aanbeveel om te bly in Suwa, Nagano. Dit is egter 'n gewilde toeriste-aantreklikheid, sodat die prys van akkommodasie gedurende hierdie tyd kan hoër wees as in die winter. As daar geen Accommodaties beskikbaar in Suwa, die boek in plekke naby die Japan Rail te kry om die plek maklik. Weer sal cool wees, bring die ligte baadjie en 'n paar reën rat net in geval dit reën. Ook baie van kontant bring net in geval OTM's en banke sal gesluit wees gedurende die fees van Onabashira boom rollende. Hier is 'n paar van die plekke wat jy kan check out as jy soek vir verblyf in die Suwa op April:

Hotel Route-Inn Suwa (5 min Kamisuwa Station Japan Rail Chuo Main)
Adres: Kogan-dori, Suwa-City
Tel: 0266-53-0500.

Onbashira Inligting Sentrum
Tel: 0266-26-2102.


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