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Hanamatsuri                      April 22, 2001

For the large parade, everyone started at the top of a really long, steep set of steps.  
The little miniature shrine being carried took about twenty minutes for 16 men to 
carry down.  They took a break at the bottom.  When they started up again in a 
pretty wide space, they started running, and swinging it around in wide circles.  
I don't know if this was done on purpose or not, it might have just been heavy.  
People threw coins onto it as offerings.  They carried it across downtown to another 
tiny shrine.  I don't know if they took it further, but other little bits of the 
procession continued all through different parts of the town.

People were also having hanami parties in the park area.

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^Hanamatsuri Uno

        

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