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Danjiri-matsuri – most dangerouse fest’ in Japan

It seems this fest’ in Kishiwada-city, Osaka is the most dangerous fest’ in Japan —– (after Onbashira fest’ in Suwa-city, Nagano.) (so far 38 death on the record)

Hundreds of the selected participant who might be even returned for fest’, from their work in the another city, pull the float and run to the Shinto Shrine while the float of each neighbourhood competing its speed and skillful control. (If the control wasn’t perfect, its 4 ton (4,000 Kg) float would fall or clash into the house and could make a casualty even a death.) (Each float said to be costed about 100 million yen and years to make)

(Some other Youtube viz of Kishiwada Danjiri, next to this may show the fall or the clash. ( the damaged house will be compensated by the City’s Danjiri insurance.)

Every year with the tens of the thousands of participants, 32 of those floats compating each other, it is nothing but the jaw dropping extreme culture of the Japanese.

—– You may wonder what drives those good grownups to do such crazy things. There is no obligation to the local people to participate, still no outsider was ever allowed to join for fun. It is strictly local afare. There wouldn’t be any fame beyond the own locals let alone any national competition kind = in other words, it is nothing but a gainless rusty local event. —– still, Strangely you may think, there is a hidden element of the Zen which is the backbone of the Japanese ethos here. = NO obligation to participate — yet still, the locals do aware a cause / Karma borne to be a man of Kishiwada = have to run with others, even if it could cost his limb even life itself. There is no glorious theory, story, high level thinking BUT just the humble act = run. — While the one is running, what mind in his head ? = NOTHING —– This nothingness is the ZEN. When Tsunami strike, what people think ? = NOTHING. Since there is nothing, neither grief nor panic = JUST live as normal (which was accustomed = これが平常心). What you need more to live ?

While practicing hundreds of times, all the emotion had worn-out and only the attention to the control details (or the instraction programed into the body) remains = the one became almost like an automatic running machine. = DO as much for the fest’ forget any worry or arrogance.

Despite having nothing, still run, run for better. Regardless whether it looks crazy, if it brings any gain, if it is dangerous, still just run. Why ? —– Run for better ? to achieve something ? —– In fact achieve nothing. While having no mind and achive nothing, still run for better —– Why ? —– Because that IS what the Dharma’s work was prevailing.

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