Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Akita Kanto Matsuri

The festival lasts about 90 minutes and is held along a 1 km stretch of road in the centre of the city.  The teams display their skills at balancing the bamboo poles filled with lanterns for about 15 minutes at a time and then they move along down the road.  During that time they keep adding bamboo sections to the poles so that eventually some of them reach 12m (40 feet) high.  The larger poles have 46 lanterns on them and weigh 50 kg (110 lbs.)

I didn't get to see all of the teams but I got to see a good number of them from my position at the end of the street.

Video of the festival.