Sunday, 24 August 2014

やまかさ Yamakasa

July in Fukuoka means
Hakata Gion Yamakasa. 
4:59am July 15th. 
Thousands of men in loincloths from 
seven local districts carry 
one ton floats through 
the dawn break streets of the city.
A 750 year old elegant tradition.
Bare bottoms, bear strength.
Cooling water, racing, chanting.
Ropes, shoulders, jikatabi. 

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