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Posted by ampontan on Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Hizen Tanuki Odori, a dance performed at a festival in Kashima, Saga, on the 25th as a thanks for the fall harvest. They’re wearing raccoon masks and have squash gourds suspended between their legs. It is supposed to represent a legendary battle between a raccoon and a fox over the ownership rights to a hot spring. The performance is said to be about 500 years old.

The photo is from the GID Grandma Yumi Living website.

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