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Move to Resume Festival Bashing Starts in Imari

The highlight of the Imari Tontenton Festival, held every year in October, was the clash of groups trying to overturn each other’s 600-kilogram mikoshi, or portable floats. In 2006, one high school boy was killed and another received a spinal cord injury during the festival, which resulted in the cancellation of the festival in 2007. It was held this year, but without the mikoshi clash. Now a local group has announced they will hold a street-corner petition drive and other activities to resume the fight. They say they want to do everything they can to preserve the tradition.

Published: Jan 9, 2009 / Last Updated: Jan 9, 2009

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