Bonden-sai (carrying bonden for the gods to descend), Akita
17th January, 2015 | at Miyoshi shrine, Akita
A contest to become the first to reach the sacred mountain, carrying bonden for the gods to descend. A bonden is a sacred wand measuring almost four meters in length, which serves as a marker for the gods descending to this world. In ancient times, bonden used to be made of paper or rice straw, but in recent years, they are often made by decorating a bamboo basket with colorful fabric. The bonden wands are carried by groups of children, townspeople, or even company employees. Each group entrusts the bonden with their prayers for an abundant harvest, good health for their families and success in business.
official website ›› http://www.miyoshi.or.jp/kids/bondensai.html