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holy flume ride.

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The Onbashira festival is held only once every six years, (next one will be in April 2022), to metaphorically revitalize the Suwa shrines. The historic and lengthy event has been performed for over 1,200 years in Japan, and consists of two month-long components. The Yamadashi takes place in April, during which four very large tree trunks are felled by hand axes in the cemetery of a shinto shrine. They are wrapped and adorned in red and white, and then dragged by teams of men towards the Shinto shrines, who test their courage during the trial by performing “kiotoshi”: dangerously riding the logs downhill on rough inclines. The Satokibi, in May, sees these logs used as symbolic support structures. They are raised in the shrines by hand, while one man straddles the top, singing. When it is fully raised, and the man on top balanced many feet in the air, success is declared. A remarkable spectacle.

“to celebrate a festival means; to live out,

for some special occasion and in an uncommon manner,

the universal assent to the world as a whole.”

-joseph pieper

 

source credits: mental floss magazine

kindle.

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warm and friendly evening spent

at the annual kindlefest winter market

“christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality.”

— washington irving

 

 

kerrytown, ann arbor, mi, usa – 2018

kindlfest/midnight madness.

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at the annual ann arbor city-wide celebration

a wonderful band from russia plays live

and the crowd can’t get enough

with tons of warmth both inside and out

i may have agreed with a couple of little people

after a very fun evening

with daylight savings time in play

that it was ‘midnight’ 

as the bells chimed a different time.

“instead of hate, celebrate.”

-prince

to me, music is entertainment – what else can it be? In fact, it’s the only language I know of that’s universal. – ray charles

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it’s just not a real

oktoberfest street festival

until

it happens in september

and

the band wearing lederhosen

plays

“sweet home alabama’

the one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing. – james brown

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coming home

we happened upon

yet another

surprise festival

downtown

‘dancing in the streets’

with

cellos playing rock and ballads

hot zydeco

jewish youth band

belly dancers

maypole colors

lone violinist

swing

ballroom

the horah

swaying

spinning

circling

hopping

dipping

instruments for kids to touch

drawing people into the street

for

movement

and

dance

creating

eclectic groups

new pairings

unlikely partners

happy faces

and

it was pretty sweet.

i think the universe is pure geometry – basically,

a beautiful shape twisting around

and dancing over space-time.

antony garrett lisi

when worlds collide

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Q: what do you get when you mix? 

– hometeam ncaa final four win 

– dance for mother earth american indian pow wow

– festifools parade

– hash hash

– foolmoon luminary festival

– one man anti-war protest

A: the perfect storm = just another weekend here in ann arbor.

 

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