Dancing Straw Men Cause A Splash In Snowy Yamagata Prefecture Festival

Thirty-five men dressed like haystacks and wearing straw sandals marched, spun around and shouted chants amid a snowfall in central Kaminoyama, Yamagata Prefecture, on Feb. 11 as part of a religious custom said to date back about 400 years. The “Kasedori” ritual also saw residents and spectators splashing water on the dancers, who were bare-legged and bare-chested under their straw cones. The tradition said to be rooted in the early Edo Period (1603-1867) was revived in 1959. The video was taken by Nobuaki Tanaka of The Asahi Shimbun.

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Clip #: 641701746HD
Collection: The Asahi Shimbun Video
Date created: 11 February, 2017
Licence type: Rights-ready
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Clip length: 00:00:46:17
Location: Kaminoyama, Japan
Mastered to: QuickTime 8-bit Photo-JPEG HD 1920x1080 29.97p More information
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Source: The Asahi Shimbun Video
Object name: 20170211kasedoriyamagata.mov

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