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April 19, 2004
Since it means taking a bumpy trip down a steep hill on the back of a 12-ton log, townspeople in Shimosuwa, Japan, must be happy that the Year of the Tiger and the Monkey only comes once every six years. The Onbashira Matsuri, or "pillar festival," which took place last Friday, is a 1,200-year-old tradition in which young men ride giant firs as a show of courage to the Shinto gods.
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April 19, 2004

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Since it means taking a bumpy trip down a steep hill on the back of a 12-ton log, townspeople in Shimosuwa, Japan, must be happy that the Year of the Tiger and the Monkey only comes once every six years. The Onbashira Matsuri, or "pillar festival," which took place last Friday, is a 1,200-year-old tradition in which young men ride giant firs as a show of courage to the Shinto gods.

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