• Short Summary

    UMBRELLAS WERE RITUALLY BURNED THIS WEEK AS JAPAN OBSERVED THE 300TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KARAKASA MATSURI (THE UMBRELLA FESTIVAL).

  • Description

    UMBRELLAS WERE RITUALLY BURNED THIS WEEK AS JAPAN OBSERVED THE 300TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KARAKASA MATSURI (THE UMBRELLA FESTIVAL). AS THE FLAMES ENGULFED THE PILE OF UMBRELLAS, PEOPLE PRAYED FOR THE SAFETY AND FUTURE OF THEIR FAMILIES.

    THE FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE EACH YEAR AT A BUDDHIST TEMPLE IN ODAWARA CITY, NEAR TOKYO, AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE SACRIFICE THEIR UMBRELLAS FOR THE BURNING RITUAL.

    THE CEREMONY HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR 300 YEARS, BUT THE STORY BEHIND IT GOES BACK NEARLY 800 YEARS. A MAN WAS BRUTALLY MURDERED WHILE CAMPING AT THE FOOT OF MOUNT FUJIYAMA DURING A HUNTING EXPEDITION.

    HIS SONS, GORO AND JUGA SOGA, SET OUT TO AVENGE THEIR FATHER'S MURDER. THEY TRACKED DOWN THE KILLER, BUT ONLY AFTER AN ALL-NIGHT HUNT IN DRIVING RAIN. SO BAD WERE THE CONDITIONS THAT THEY HAD TO USE OIL-PAPER UMBRELLAS AS TORCHES.

    IN 1664 -- 300 YEARS AGO -- THEIR STORY WAS PUT INTO PRINT. AND EVER SINE ODAWARA CITY REMEMBERS THEIR EXPLOITS BY SETTING FIRE TO UMBRELLAS OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE TOMB, WHERE THE BROTHERS ARE SAID TO BE BURIED.

    GIRLS END THE CEREMONY WITH A DISPLAY OF FOLK DANCING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA508XT8FB3HTRUH61H0UXKB2E4
    Media URN:
    VLVA508XT8FB3HTRUH61H0UXKB2E4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/06/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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