Sunday, January 01, 2006

Firefighters' ladder stunt show

In this photo, firefighters in Hondo City, Kumamoto are practicing for their New Year's ladder stunt show, known as hashigo-nori (literally "ladder climbing").

Once common throughout Japan, ladder shows like this one are today a rarity. In fact, this particular fire department is the last one in Kumamoto Prefecture that still performs hashigo-nori.

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