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Summer festival in Aso city's Kaguraen. Kaguraen being a place for an ancient (at least 1000yrs.) Shinto tradition Japanese dance 'Kagura'.

Kagura being a bonding tradition, allowing young and old, whole community connect through this common interest. Interesting to note that this is a dance about gods that we can still see in those surroundings volcanoes, sulfur fumes, mountains, all nature's happenings.

The picture shows an entertainment for kids pool of fish to catch. Never seen it before.
This reminded me of times when fishery might have been similar. Together with Kagura, this game is a symbol of the unchanging side of Japan. No matter how much its electronics are modern, it still seems a land closer to its roots than most others.

Caught on a 'best before 1992' bw film.


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