Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Servant girls to the gods

Here is a picture of unari (servant girls) in Aso's Onda Matsuri (festival), a thousand-year-old tradition held every year to make offerings to the gods for a bountiful rice harvest. Offerings of food are contained inside the wooden boxes that the unari carry on their heads. The procession begins at the Aso Jinja (Aso shinto shrine) and walks across town to small temporary shrines located in actual rice fields. This nationally famous festival attracts people from all over Japan.

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