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Kengo visits Hojoya-festival at Hakozaki shrine

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Ho-jo-ya (release-living-meeting) literally means the festival of releasing living beings.
One can render it as Ahimsa Festival.
Nowadays it has nothing to do with Ahimsa.
Just a festival.

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Hakozaki shrine is one of the biggest and authentic shrines in Fukuoka.
Not far away from our campus.

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Kengo cannot pass over the shop of Umegae-mochi ("plum-branch-rice cake"), the speciality of Dazaifu shrine, although he feels fully fed with Japanese Rahmen noodle he ate for late lunch.

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In addition to Chinese, Vietnam and Thai foods, Turkish foods are also available these days. This is Turkish ice cream.

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Some sort of Kapalika tradition of cremation ground (smasana), probably.
You can meet bhuutas and yoginis here.
Kengo of course visits "the Show Tent" (Misemono-goya).

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Normally snakes bite people.
Here the lady bites a snake.
Perhaps this is based on a lost gaaruda tantra!
The spirit of ahimsa is completely unnoticeable here.

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The hut of bhuutas and pretas. Perhaps this is based on lost buuta tantras.

Yamaguchi san kindly invited us for dinner at his house.
We enjoyed Gyoza (dumpling), one of the specialities of Fukuoka.
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