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Suwa’s Onbashira / 式年造営御柱大祭.

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Onbashira Festival (御柱祭, Onbashira-sai, map) functions as a symbolic renewal of the shrine’s buildings. The Mihashira or Onbashira  are four wooden posts or pillars that stand on the four corners of local shrines in the Lake Suwa area of Nagano Prefecture. The largest and most famous set of onbashira are those that stand on the four shrines that make up the Suwa Grand Shrine complex.

The Upper Shrine’s (本宮 honmiya, wiki, map), located in the northern foothills of Mount Moriya – currently often identified as the Upper Shrine’s go-shintai – boasts the largest number of historical buildings and structures of the four shrines, a number of which have been designated as Important Cultural Properties.

Also сheck оut мore info: The Onbashira Festival (go-nagano.net)

In addition to these four main shrines, some sixty other auxiliary shrines scattered throughout the Lake Suwa area (ranging from miniature stone structures to medium to large sized edifices and compounds) are also part of the shrine complex.

During the festival, sixteen specially-chosen fir trees are felled and then transported down a mountain, where they are then erected at the four corners of each shrine. Festival participants ride the onbashira as they are slid down the mountain, dragged to the shrine, and raised, and the festival has the reputation of being the most dangerous in Japan due to the number of people regularly injured or killed while riding the logs.

This festival, which lasts several months, consists of two main segments, Yamadashi and Satobiki. Yamadashi traditionally takes place in April, and Satobiki takes place in May.

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Complete chaos! The Onbashira Festival!

Taking you to the wildest festival in Japan with a history of over 1200 years! The Onbashira Festival storms through Nagano every 6 years and wow, is it crazy!!

video source: Japanagos (ジャパナゴス) /youtube.com/

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