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Posted by ampontan on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The 25th Taishita Mon Ja Matsuri in Sekigawa-mura, a village of about 6,500, in Niigata last August.

The name of the event is a play on words, with taishita mon ja being a funky way of saying, “It was a serious matter”, and ja being one of the readings for snake.

The festival was first organized 25 years ago as a way to remember the destruction of the Uetsu flood on 28 August 1967. The bamboo and straw snake is intentionally made to be 82.8 meters in length, and it is the longest taishita mon ja in the Guinness Book of Records.

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