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a traditional event

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

I went to the Nishinomiya Shrine yesterday.

There is a big festival on 10th January every year called Fukuotoko race or luckey men race near my house.

Nishinomiya Jinja (西宮神社, nishinomiyajinja?) is a Shinto shrine in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo, Japan. It is the head shrine of the Ebisu sect of Shinto, and it is said that there are about 3,500 shrines under it. Locals call the shrine ‘Ebessan’. It is famous for the Tōka-Ebisu festival, which is held on January 10 every year. Particular to this festival is the “Lucky Men” race. Begun during the Edo Period, participants gather in front of the shrine’s main gate before 6 am on the 10th of January. At 6 am, the shrine’s drum sounds, the gates are opened, and the assembled crowd sprints perilously 230 meters to the main hall. The top three finishers are given the title of “Lucky Men,” and of those three the champion is known as the “Luckiest Man.” The race has been known to attract more than 6,000 runners.[1](excerpt from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nishinomiya_Shrine)

I recorded from back of the gate. 

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This is from one of  TV news.

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I will challenge next year.

May be…