On the first Sunday of June, villagers and cattle participate in the annual reenactment ceremony of the rice planting and transplanting in order to ask the rice deity for an abundant harvest. The cows are specially decorated with colourful features, the men and women wear their finest traditional clothes, and the whole village prepares for the ceremony with lots of rehearsals. Participants sing accompanied by special drums, flutes, and small gongs. Moreover, they do everything stunningly simultaneous! Everything is overseen by the elders and others not taking part in the main ceremony. The ritual happens in two communities in the Hiroshima Prefecture. This rice planting tradition has been inscribed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
June 02, 2019
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