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Abare Festival 2019

This fierce festival of "fire and violence" includes lots of smashing, dedicated to Yasaka Shrine in Ushitsu of Noto Peninsula

On the first day of the festival, there is a parade of giant lanterns accompanied by drums and bells around the fire. Sparks of fire fly all over the place and men participating run and dance fiercely around the streets. The next day, two portable shrines are violently thrown into the sea for a "rough bath" after which they are smashed savagely until unrecognizable. Sounds fun, doesn't it? Then visit the Yasaka Shrine in Ushitsu of Noto Peninsula.

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