Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

Men stand on top of a lantern-covered float Dec. 3 as fireworks light up the sky during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, north of Tokyo, Japan. Moving six towering floats up a hill and into the town center is the culminating moment of a Shinto festival that has evolved from a harvest thanksgiving into a once-a-year meeting between two local gods.
People walk on the road to the Chichibu Shrine during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. The festival draws about 200,000 every December.
A man holding a lantern shouts on a lantern-covered float going to the town central square during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, north of Tokyo, Japan. Moving six towering floats up a hill and into the town center is the culminating moment of a Shinto festival that has evolved from a harvest thanksgiving into a once-a-year meeting between two local gods.
Participants clad in kimonos prepare to pull a float before it goes to the town central square at the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, north of Tokyo, Japan.
Shinto priests attend a ritual for the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, north of Tokyo, Japan. Shinto is Japan’s indigenous religion that goes back centuries. It is an animism that believes there are thousands of kami, or spirits, inhabiting nature, such as forests, rivers and mountains.

Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

Men stand on top of a lantern-covered float Dec. 3 as fireworks light up the sky during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, north of Tokyo, Japan. Moving six towering floats up a hill and into the town center is the culminating moment of a Shinto festival that has evolved from a harvest thanksgiving into a once-a-year meeting between two local gods.
People walk on the road to the Chichibu Shrine during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. The festival draws about 200,000 every December.
A man holding a lantern shouts on a lantern-covered float going to the town central square during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, north of Tokyo, Japan. Moving six towering floats up a hill and into the town center is the culminating moment of a Shinto festival that has evolved from a harvest thanksgiving into a once-a-year meeting between two local gods.
Participants clad in kimonos prepare to pull a float before it goes to the town central square at the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, north of Tokyo, Japan.
Shinto priests attend a ritual for the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, north of Tokyo, Japan. Shinto is Japan’s indigenous religion that goes back centuries. It is an animism that believes there are thousands of kami, or spirits, inhabiting nature, such as forests, rivers and mountains.
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