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Kawagoe Festival 2003

My favourite festival in Japan- not only are 'omikoshi' sacred floats wheeled around on huge wooden wheels through this beautiful and traditional town, but they interact with each other in music and dance. Foxes representing Shinto priests use the melodious sounds of their flutes to tame 'Shishis', mythological lion-spirits. As the evening progresses these shishis will (hopefully) be tamed and cosmic order protected.
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